3 Questions: Evelyn Fox Keller on the nature-nurture debates
November 30, 2010In a new book, prominent historian of science dismisses the ‘unanswerable’ question of whether heredity or the environment matter more in human development.
3 Questions: John Hansman on the Qantas A380 engine blowout
November 12, 2010MIT aviation expert discusses why the engine failure could have resulted in a more serious outcome.
3 Questions: Nicholas Roy on deploying drones in U.S. skies
July 22, 2010MIT robotics expert discusses the logistical hurdles of regulating unmanned aircraft for civilian use.
3 Questions: Richard Binzel on astronomers’ powerful new tool
July 13, 2010Pan-STARRS, a telescope designed to reveal the ‘unexpected surprises’ in our solar system, including possible threats to Earth, just became fully operational.
3 Questions: John Marshall on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
June 1, 2010An MIT oceanographer discusses why ‘we have never had a spill like this’ — and what that means for cleanup efforts.
3 Questions: David Miliband on Afghanistan’s future
March 11, 2010Before delivering the Compton Lecture, Britain’s foreign secretary sat down with MIT News to discuss the state of the war in Afghanistan
3 Questions: Hunt Allcott on behavioral economics and the energy crisis
March 5, 2010Can understanding human irrationality help solve our energy problems? An MIT researcher explains
3 Questions: Eduardo Kausel on Chile’s massive earthquake
March 4, 2010How stringent building codes limited damage in Chile, and why there’s cause for concern in parts of the U.S.
3 Questions: David Mindell on Obama’s NASA proposal
February 5, 2010MIT space researcher predicts that if adopted, Obama’s proposed budget and policy will lead to more joint human-robotic space exploration
3 Questions: Bradford Hager on Haiti’s coming quakes
January 28, 2010The MIT geophysicist expects more earthquakes could hit the region relatively soon.
3 Questions: Making unemployment work
January 5, 2010With large numbers of Americans out of work, economist Ivan Werning suggests some better ways to make unemployment insurance operate
3 Questions: Henry Jacoby on Copenhagen
December 9, 2009The co-director of MIT’s Global Change program discusses what to expect from the U.N. Climate Change Conference, and the effects of ‘Climategate’
3 Questions: Suzanne Corkin on the world’s most famous amnesic
December 1, 2009This week, scientists plan to slice the brain of H.M., the amnesia patient who died last year and whose condition helped shed light on how memories are formed.
3 Questions: Sara Seager on searching for Earth-like planets
November 23, 2009MIT planetary scientist discusses projects that aim to discover distant planets similar to our own, and what we can learn when we find them
3 Questions: Sergey Paltsev on the costs of climate-change legislation
November 4, 2009MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change has pegged the annual cost of the proposed cap-and-trade legislation in Congress at $400 per U.S. household. But estimating the cost of doing nothing is far more difficult.
3 Questions: Jeffrey Harris on why we still don't have an HIV vaccine
November 3, 2009The MIT economist blames inadequate incentives for the failure to develop a vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS. He argues governments should help industry create an HIV vaccine by sharing risk.
3 Questions: Steven Nahn on the elusive Higgs boson
October 19, 2009Troubles at the Large Hadron Collider have led some physicists to suggest the Higgs boson is sabotaging its own discovery. Nahn explains why he disagrees.
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