January 8, 2020
A new study by MIT researchers finds that a new program aimed at improving care and reducing spending on “superutilizers” of health care did not improve patient outcomes, reports Austin Frakt for The New York Times. Frakt explains that the study’s findings could “help guide us to what may be better strategies for cutting waste.”
TechCrunch reporter Darrell Etherington writes that MIT researchers have developed a framework for determining the best course of action to take to deflect an incoming asteroid. The researchers developed a “decision map” that takes into account “the mass and relative momentum of an approaching asteroid, as well as the expected time we have before it enters into a so-called ‘keyhole.’”
Using a new algorithm, MIT researchers have discovered an antibiotic that can treat drug-resistant bacteria, reports Madhumita Murgia for the Financial Times. “There is still a question of whether machine-learning tools are really doing something intelligent in healthcare,” says Prof. Regina Barzilay. “This shows how far you can adapt this tool.”
Prof. John Sterman speaks with Emma Smith of CBC about how Nova Scotia’s plan to switch from oil to wood for heating some public buildings will speed up climate change. “Turns out that wood and coal have about the same amount of carbon per unit of useful energy in them, but burning wood is less efficient," says Sterman.
Prof. Yossi Sheffi writes for The Wall Street Journal about how the coronavirus could cause supply chain disruptions. “The best course of action for companies is to analyze possible outcomes in the context of known supply-chain risks based on historical precedents,” writes Sheffi, “and to take precautionary measures that minimize exposure to future disruptions.”
Artist Christine Sun Kim speaks with Boston Globe reporter Diti Kohli about her exhibit at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and her experiencing signing the national anthem at the Super Bowl. For visitors to her exhibit, Kim says she hopes her work “sits in the back of their mind, and stays with them in terms of respecting our deafness and sign language.”