salome-2-edit

How a Global Partnership Could Save the Lives of Women and Children in Africa

Young women and expecting mothers are one of the most-affected groups, and research has shown that HIV/AIDS can significantly increase the chances of both maternal deaths and still births. One Massachusetts General Hospital Discovery Foundation Fellow has witnessed the disease’s impact first-hand and is determined to help and give back to her community.

Continue Reading
Teachers Working

Mass General Research Institute Externship: Sharing Science with Our Schools

This April, the Mass General Research Institute hosted its first-ever “externship,” where BPS teachers could volunteer to be a part of a four-day experience to learn about research at Massachusetts General Hospital and opportunities to get students involved.

Continue Reading
boy-child-childhood-346796

Weekend Links: Real-life Supersuits, Bug Poop Could Be the Secret to Good Sourdough and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute.

Continue Reading
MG_8195

Mass General Research Institute Celebrates Science with the Community

Our communicating science initiatives include working with scientists to help them find ways to display their work in accessible language, as well as community outreach to give our scientists a chance to meet the public and explain their work. This April, the Research Institute organized two events designed to promote science communication and outreach as part of the Cambridge Science Festival.

Continue Reading
Silhouette images of a man and woman

Why We Need a Better Awareness of How Autism Spectrum Disorder Differs in Women

Are the current clinical guidelines for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) weighted too heavily toward male patients? That’s the conclusion of a team of researchers from the Lurie Center for Autism.

Continue Reading
dynamic colorful abstraction, digital artwork, design element

Weekend Links: We Might All Have Synesthesia, How Female Parakeets Look for Intelligent Mates and More

The Right Way to Use a Public Bathroom (to Avoid Getting Sick) Melinda Wenner Moyer writing for The New York Times What, if anything, can we do to minimize our exposure to germs when we have to relieve ourselves in public? I called a handful of experts — it’s fun to ask total strangers about […]

Continue Reading
fitness, sport, friendship and lifestyle concept - smiling couple with earphones running outdoors

Scientists Find Physical Activity Could Prevent Depression

Researchers from the Psychiatric & Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Mass General recently published a study in JAMA Psychiatry that set out to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between exercise and depression.

Continue Reading
Copy of Research Roundup

Mass General Research Roundup for April 2019

Chronic health problems for individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, 3D mammography in older women and how oxytocin acts on food receptors in the brain.

Continue Reading
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration — was designed to capture images of a black hole. In coordinated press conferences across the globe, EHT researchers revealed that they succeeded, unveiling the first direct visual evidence of the supermassive black hole in the centre of Messier 87 and its shadow. The shadow of a black hole seen here is the closest we can come to an image of the black hole itself, a completely dark object from which light cannot escape. The black hole’s boundary — the event horizon from which the EHT takes its name — is around 2.5 times smaller than the shadow it casts and measures just under 40 billion km across. While this may sound large, this ring is only about 40 microarcseconds across — equivalent to measuring the length of a credit card on the surface of the Moon. Although the telescopes making up the EHT are not physically connected, they are able to synchronize their recorded data with atomic clocks — hydrogen masers — which precisely time their observations. These observations were collected at a wavelength of 1.3 mm during a 2017 global campaign. Each telescope of the EHT produced enormous amounts of data – roughly 350 terabytes per day – which was stored on high-performance helium-filled hard drives. These data were flown to highly specialised supercomputers — known as correlators — at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy and MIT Haystack Observatory to be combined. They were then painstakingly converted into an image using novel computational tools developed by the collaboration.

Weekend Links: Our Brains Are Getting Smaller, the Secret Code of Sea Shells, the Proper Way to Nap and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute.

Continue Reading
Man wake up and stretching in morning with sunlight

Are You an Early Bird or a Night Owl? Study Finds Early Birds Have Lower Rates of Depression

Some people wake up early like clockwork with a chipper attitude and are eager to start the day. Then there those who have a bit of a slower start, but stay up till the wee hours claiming they’re most productive at night. Sound familiar? It turns out those waking habits may be embedded in our genes, […]

Continue Reading