Monthly Archives: March 2015

Seth R. Marder Receives 2015 MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award

Georgia Institute of Technology professor honored for chemical structure–property characterization of organic molecules. The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Seth R. Marder, professor and Georgia Power Chair in the School…

Reviewing online homework at scale

System clusters similar student programs together, so instructors can identify broad trends. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In computer-science classes, homework assignments consist of writing programs. It’s easy to create automated tests that…

NASA Administrator, President’s Science Advisor to Speak with Astronaut on Yearlong Space Station Mission

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has been joined by John Holdren, science advisor to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and former astronaut…

Crowdsourced tool for depression

Peer-to-peer application outperforms conventional self-help technique for easing depression, anxiety. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Researchers at MIT and Northwestern University have developed a new peer-to-peer networking tool that enables sufferers of anxiety…

How teenage brains are different

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was 19, legally an adult, at the time of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. He now faces 30 federal counts related to the attacks, 17 of which…

Mutations taking place only in the brain identified as the cause of intractable epilepsy

KAIST researchers have discovered that brain somatic mutations in the MTOR gene induce intractable epilepsy and suggest a precision medicine to treat epileptic seizures. Republic of Korea – Epilepsy is…

Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories

Rice, the lifeblood of so many nations’ cuisines, is perhaps the most ubiquitous food in the world. In Asia, where an estimated 90 percent of all rice is consumed, the pillowy grains are part…

Climate change could make food taste worse

Not only will some foods become scarcer as the planet warms, they’ll also become less tasty too, according to a new report. Published Monday by scientists from the University of…

Glowing mushroom attracts insects

These glow-in-the-dark mushrooms might look like something from a 1960s black-light poster, but the luminous fungus Neonothopanus gardneri grows at the base of palm trees in Brazilian forests. The shrooms put on their…

Global warming turns rain forest into leaves into junk food

Like those breakfast cereals that look healthy on the box but have even more sugar inside than Cocoa Puffs, some rainforest trees engage in false advertising. It’s not their fault—it’s ours. Climate…

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