Wounded cancer cells supercharge immune system to destroy tumors

Scientists at MIT have made a discovery that could expand the potential of immunotherapy, enabling it to treat wider variety of cancers. The breakthrough stems from a newfound ability to jump-start the body’s immune system with the help of injured canc… Continue reading Wounded cancer cells supercharge immune system to destroy tumors

OmniFiber garments record and play back wearers’ breathing patterns

Imagine if you were an amateur singer or athlete in training, and you were able to “feel” the manner in which a professional breathes while they’re performing. That’s just one of the potential uses of a new “smart” fiber, which could also have medical … Continue reading OmniFiber garments record and play back wearers’ breathing patterns

Ancient Martian lake and river delta clear in Perseverance photos

Jezero crater on Mars was chosen as the landing site for the Perseverance rover because satellite images suggested it was once an ancient lake. NASA scientists have now found more direct evidence of the location’s watery past, as photos snapped by the … Continue reading Ancient Martian lake and river delta clear in Perseverance photos

Glow-in-the-dark plants could act as passive lighting for public spaces

A decent chunk of energy usage goes towards lighting, so scientists at MIT are developing a new kind of passive lighting – glow-in-the-dark plants. In the latest experiment, the team has made them glow much brighter than the first generation plants, wi… Continue reading Glow-in-the-dark plants could act as passive lighting for public spaces

Tiny replicas of the pancreas may reveal weak spots for deadly cancer

By subjecting specific cells to specific sets of chemicals in the lab, scientists are able to grow tissues and organs that mimic those found in the human body. This provides them with a powerful tool to study disease and drugs that may be able to treat… Continue reading Tiny replicas of the pancreas may reveal weak spots for deadly cancer

Beyond CRISPR: New class of gene-editing enzymes discovered

One of the most revolutionary discoveries of the century, the CRISPR gene-editing system is built on a bacterial defense mechanism that allows scientists to make precise edits to DNA. Now scientists at MIT have discovered a new class of enzymes called … Continue reading Beyond CRISPR: New class of gene-editing enzymes discovered

World’s strongest fusion magnet brings new power to nuclear pursuit

In the field of nuclear fusion some are going big with their pursuit of clean, inexhaustible energy, like those piecing together the seven-story building to house ITER, the world’s largest tokamak reactor. Others, meanwhile, are working on more compact… Continue reading World’s strongest fusion magnet brings new power to nuclear pursuit