Coated seeds may enable agriculture on marginal lands

A specialized silk covering could protect seeds from salinity while also providing fertilizer-generating microbes. David L. Chandler | MIT News OfficeNovember 25, 2019 Providing seeds with a protective coating that also supplies essential nutrients to the germinating plant could make it possible to grow crops in otherwise unproductive soils, according to new research at MIT. […]

Researchers uncover key reaction that influences growth of potentially harmful particles in atmosphere

NOVEMBER 25, 2019 by University of Pennsylvania Air-quality alerts often include the levels of particulate matter, small clumps of molecules in the lower atmosphere that can range in size from microscopic to visible. These particles can contribute to haze, clouds, and fog and also can pose a health risk, especially those at the smaller end of […]

MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee win Nobel Prize

Professors share prize with Michael Kremer of Harvard University, are cited for breakthrough antipoverty work. Peter Dizikes | MIT News OfficeOctober 14, 2019 Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee, MIT economists whose work has helped transform antipoverty research and relief efforts, have been named co-winners of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory […]

MIT alumna addresses the world’s mounting plastic waste problem

Renewlogy’s system is converting plastic waste from cities and rivers into fuel. Zach Winn | MIT News OfficeOctober 9, 2019 It’s been nearly 10 years since Priyanka Bakaya MBA ’11 founded Renewlogy to develop a system that converts plastic waste into fuel. Today, that system is being used to profitably turn even nonrecyclable plastic into […]

Computing in Earth science: a non-linear path

UROP student Sonia Reilly studies the math of machine learning to improve predictions of natural disasters. Laura Carter | School of Science September 11, 2019 Machine learning is undeniably a tool that most disciplines like to have in their toolbox. However, scientists are still investigating the limits and barriers to incorporating machine learning into their research. […]