Stories

Transgenic fish are ready for us. Are we ready for them?
After decades of regulatory and legal challenges, AquaBounty aims to bring genetically engineered salmon to U.S. and Canadian markets next year.
Ensia, 2017

Learning from social data processing
Devavrat Shah combines behavior modeling and statistics to predict our choices.
MIT Industrial Liaison Program, 2017

Optimizing the new networks
Asu Ozdaglar integrates social and economic factors into tools for understanding large-scale decentralized systems.
MIT ILP, 2017

Oxstem: Doubling down on disruption
Startup drives university research to commercialize small molecules that activate stem cells inside patients.
Nature, 2017

(Some) frogs are better parents than we thought
Nocturnal fieldwork sheds light on how parental sex roles evolve.
BU Research, 2017

Safeguarding open source software
With ‘Big Code’ analysis, Lexumo helps Internet of Things manufacturers continuously monitor their code for security vulnerabilities.
MIT ILP, 2016

Cells on trial
Four regenerative and immune-system therapies taking on the toughest cases of inflammatory bowel disease.
Nature, 2016

Machine-learning medicine
John Guttag brings “small data” analyses to predictions of patient risks and treatment benefits.
MIT ILP, 2016

Crowdsourced solutions
Open competitions bring new minds, skills and collaborations to problems in biomedical research.
Nature, 2016

Turning technology into startup success
Robert Langer, who has helped launch dozens of biotech startups, looks at the long tricky road to commercialize medical innovations.
MIT ILP, 2016

Fingerprinting the brain
Zhongming Liu integrates imaging techniques for ambitious projects mapping neural networks.
Purdue College of Engineering, 2016

Big data in biomedicine
Nature Outlook (lead editor)
Nature, 2015

Normal weather drives salt marsh erosion
Waves from moderate storms, rather than violent events such as hurricanes, inflict the most loss on coastal wetlands.
BU Research, 2015

Rethinking urban life beyond the central city
Rafi Segal envisions ‘dispersed cities’ designed to provide greater sociability and sustainability.
MIT ILP, 2015

Turbocharging medical translation
Jeff Karp’s diverse multidisciplinary team brings novel solutions to a wide array of health challenges.
MIT ILP, 2015

Zeroing in
A retrofitted 1920s-era home gives practical lessons for net-zero use of outside energy and water.
Purdue College of Engineering, 2015

An ecosystem on steroids
Researchers find that increased crop productivity is boosting seasonal change in CO2.
BU Research, 2014

Soft design for a sustainable world
Sheila Kennedy pioneers techniques and materials to meet pressing global challenges in housing and energy.
MIT ILP, 2014

The second coming of RNAi
Now showing clinical progress against liver diseases, the gene-silencing technique begins to fulfill some of its promises.
The Scientist, 2014

Nightwork
A history of hacks and pranks at MIT.
MIT Press, 2011 (contributor)

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