To engineers’ surprise, radiation can slow corrosion of some materials

In certain alloys, exposure to proton irradiation can extend the material’s lifetime, study finds.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

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Engineers design a device that operates like a brain synapse

Ion-based technology may enable energy-efficient simulations of the brain’s learning process, for neural network AI systems.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 19, 2020 ~6 min

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Newly observed phenomenon could lead to new quantum devices

Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

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A layered approach to safety

Using 3D fabrication, researchers develop novel nuclear materials that optimize both accident tolerance and performance.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors.

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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Physicists measure a short-lived radioactive molecule for first time

Molecules containing heavy and deformed radioactive nuclei may help scientists to measure symmetry-violating phenomena and identify signs of dark matter.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 27, 2020 ~9 min

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A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

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3 Questions: Areg Danagoulian on a new arms control tool and the future of nuclear security

Danagoulian and his research team developed a system that could greatly improve the process for verifying compliance of nuclear warheads.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Gamma radiation found ineffective in sterilizing N95 masks

Nuclear scientists and biomedical researchers team up to investigate whether treatment with gamma radiation could make N95 masks more reusable.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 10, 2020 ~10 min

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Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
March 18, 2020 ~9 min

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