Expert in fluid dynamics explains how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 airborne transmission inside a car

Keeping windows open while driving at a moderate speed can increase airflow inside the cabin of the car, but which ones should you keep open?

Varghese Mathai, Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Jan. 27, 2021 ~4 min

MIT oceanographers have an explanation for the Arctic’s puzzling ocean turbulence

New study suggests waters will become more turbulent as Arctic loses summertime ice.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 15, 2020 ~7 min

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

MIT research on seawater surface tension becomes international guideline

Work by Professor John Lienhard and Kishor Nayar SM ’14, PhD ’19 was recently recognized by the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
July 9, 2020 ~7 min

Aerosols are a bigger coronavirus threat than WHO guidelines suggest – here's what you need to know

More than 200 scientists wrote to the WHO, warning about aerosol transmission of the coronavirus. The WHO has since acknowledged the evidence but hasn't change its advice yet.

Goodarz Ahmadi, Professor of mechanical engineering, Clarkson University • conversation
July 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tiny sand grains trigger massive glacial surges

New model answers longstanding question of how these sudden flows happen; may expand understanding of Antarctic ice sheets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

Search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters

Method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 26, 2020 ~8 min

Understanding how fluids heat or cool surfaces

Textbook formulas for describing heat flow characteristics, crucial in many industries, are oversimplified, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 28, 2020 ~7 min

Staring into the vortex

MIT researchers describe factors governing how oceans and atmospheres move heat around on Earth and other planetary bodies.

EAPS • mit
March 19, 2020 ~8 min

Polymers are the physics secret behind huge soap bubbles

Giant bubble blowers on the street inspired a study that sheds light on new fundamental physics. You can also try the researchers' giant bubble recipe.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~7 min