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Some Latinos believe science may negatively impact their kids’ faith

Bias might shape educational aims of religious students in black, Latino communities HOUSTON – More than one-third of Latinos interviewed in a recent study believe science education may have a negative…

Site of asteroid impact changed the history of life

An asteroid, also known as the Chicxulub Impactor, hit Earth some 66 million years ago, causing a crater 180 km wide. The impact of the asteroid heated organic matter in…

Researchers develop flexible, stretchable photonic devices

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed a method for making photonic devices — similar to electronic devices but based on light rather than electricity…

Why some Muslim clerics become jihadists

In his new book, political scientist Richard Nielsen proposes a “blocked ambition” hypothesis. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — What turns people into radical jihadist clerics? A new book by an MIT political scientist…

Briny pool bacteria can clean up and power up

Promising electrochemical technologies for cleaning wastewater are boosted by discovery of extremophilic microbes in the Red Sea. Warm and salty wastewater is a by-product of many industries, including oil and…

Artificial intelligence aids materials fabrication

System could pore through millions of research papers to extract “recipes” for producing materials. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the Materials Project have produced a…

Yoga reduces falls among the elderly

People who do hatha yoga report improved balance, but only now has yoga’s impact on falls received rigorous study. Now, University of Wisconsin–Madison professor of family medicine Irene Hamrick reports…

Unlocking the potential of magnetic skyrmions

An innovative technique for making tunable magnetic skyrmions could lead to next-generation memory and computing technologies. Magnetic skyrmions offer the promise of next-generation memory and computing technologies, such as cache…

Cutting datasets down to size

A powerful statistical tool could significantly reduce the burden of analysing very large datasets. By exploiting the power of high-performance computing, a new statistical tool has been developed by KAUST…

MIT-Haiti, Google team up to boost education in Kreyòl

Institute-led effort to create STEM lexicon is now available for global translation. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In recent years, MIT scholars have helped develop a whole lexicon of science and math terms…