An escape route for seafloor methane

Leakage from frozen layers was a puzzle, but a new study shows how the potent greenhouse gas breaks through icy barriers.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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Mini-satellite maker

With her students, aerospace engineer Kerri Cahoy is developing small, affordable “CubeSats” to monitor weather and search for exoplanets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 17, 2020 ~9 min

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Saudi Arabia faces increased heat, humidity, precipitation extremes by mid-century

High-resolution climate projections could enable a robust adaptation and resilience response.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Oct. 29, 2020 ~4 min

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Astronomers discover an Earth-sized “pi planet” with a 3.14-day orbit

The rocky world, with its baking-hot surface, is likely not habitable.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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Astronomers may have found a signature of life on Venus

Evidence indicates phosphine, a gas associated with living organisms, is present in the habitable region of Venus’ atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 14, 2020 ~10 min

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Lava oceans may not explain the brightness of some hot super-Earths

By making their own lava and cooled glass, scientists find these materials likely aren’t responsible for the unexpected glow of some exoplanets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Study: A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered “Snowball Earths”

Findings also suggest exoplanets lying within habitable zones may be susceptible to ice ages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~8 min

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Study sheds light on the evolution of the earliest dinosaurs

Geological evidence suggests the known dinosaur groups diverged early on, supporting the traditional dinosaur family tree.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~9 min

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An origin story for a family of oddball meteorites

Study suggests the rare objects likely came from an early planetesimal with a magnetic core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 24, 2020 ~8 min

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