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May/June 2022

How MIT researchers developed rapid, affordable, and accurate tests that could help us coexist with covid.

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  • Thanks to groundbreaking work on infectious agents and diseases already under way before the pandemic began, MIT researchers could respond quickly to the global need for rapid, convenient covid testing.

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    Topographies that talk

    Geology professor and MacArthur “genius” Taylor Perron explores our world and others to understand how landscapes evolve and what they can tell us about the future of our planet.

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    Molecular monitor

    Professor Hadley Sikes blends chemistry with pathology for new ways to detect diseases, including cancer and covid.

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    A song in your head

    Certain neurons respond only to singing.

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    A superhero polymer

    Light as plastic, stronger than steel, and more difficult to deform than bulletproof glass.

    A polymer that self-assembles into sheets could be used as a lightweight, durable coating.A polymer that self-assembles into sheets could be used as a lightweight, durable coating.
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    More money, more voting?

    Minimum-wage increases lead to higher election participation.

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    No legalese, please

    Study shows how lawyers could make legal documents such as contracts and deeds easier to comprehend.

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    Smoking gun

    Study finds chemical link between wildfires and ozone depletion.

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