• Mann Humanizing Machine

    Many soldiers had come back from World War II missing limbs. Cable-powered arms were common for above-elbow amputees. That changed in the 1960s when, in a small laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a fifty-five year-old man was fitted with an experimental robotic arm
  • Water on Mars: Major Breakthrough or Another Day at the Office?

    News of water on Mars created quite a stir, even though researchers saw it coming
  • Are Calcium Supplements Worth Taking? Depends on Who You Ask.

    Most health agencies recommend that older adults take 1,000-1,200 milligrams of calcium per day to stave off bone loss, or “osteoporosis.” About 43 percent of U.S. adults follow that advice by taking supplements, but in some countries, including New Zealand, calcium-supplement use is falling
  • Climate Change’s Paradox: Rising Sea Levels Trigger a Retreat

    Even as climate change causes sea levels to rise, inundating coastlines, new research suggests it will also cause a periodic drop in sea levels in the tropical southwestern Pacific.
  • Why Scientists Disagree Over Testing Brain Implants for Depression

    One research group moves forward with plans for new clinical trials, while another focuses on better understanding how the device works.
  • Study Finds Overlooked Relationship in Human Seafood Consumption

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers has found a major gap in studies of fish: beneficial nutrients and toxins, and their possible interactions, are rarely considered together.

Controlled Fires Could Actually Save Forests and Fight Climate Change

Forestry managers face what seems like an unavoidable tradeoff. Controlled burns in Western forests reduce the risk of wildfire but release carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change. But a team of ecologists recently showed that controlled burns can actually benefit the climate in the long term.  By Conor Gearin, ’16 at Nova Next.