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March/April 2022

Professor Xuanhe Zhao’s work with hydrogels marries engineering and medicine.

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    Automating cell therapy

    Multiply Labs’ robotic clusters could ease major bottlenecks in the production of drugs for intractable diseases.

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    When babies see faces

    New data shows that brain regions in infants just a few months old are specialized for faces, bodies, or scenes.

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    Low-carbon construction

    A new emissions analysis could help determine whether a building project should use timber or steel.

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    Social life in the Jurassic

    Fossils indicate that dinosaurs may have lived in cooperative herds as early as 193 million years ago.

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    Drugs from within

    A coating that shields microbes from oxygen could make it easier for gut bacteria to be used as disease treatments.

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    Economic migrants

    A new report finds that material needs are the main motive for immigration from Central America to the US.

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    Making insurance healthier

    An experiment in Indonesia offers insights into what it takes to get people to participate in national health plans.

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    Defending shorelines

    Marsh plants provide significant protection to coastal areas threatened by climate change. An MIT analysis shows how it works.

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    Shirley McBay, 1935-2021

    The onetime MIT dean fought to bring more students from underrepresented groups into STEM fields.

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