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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Magnetic vortices come full circle

The first experimental observation of three-dimensional magnetic ‘vortex rings’ provides fundamental insight into intricate nanoscale structures inside bulk

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 30, 2020 ~5 min

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These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19

Older adults, who are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications, can strengthen their immune systems by exercising.

Lisa Charles, Fitness/Wellness Research Coordinator for the Rutgers Aging Brain Health Alliance, Rutgers University - Newark • conversation
Nov. 24, 2020 ~7 min

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Cracking the secrets of an emerging branch of physics

In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Nov. 20, 2020 ~8 min

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3 Questions: Hsin-Yu Chen on treading lightly when dating the universe

MIT postdoc finds the angle at which we view neutron star collisions could significantly impact age measurements.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute • mit
Nov. 13, 2020 ~6 min

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Rising to meet the tide

As the threat of coastal flooding grows, scientists are responding with an inundation of data. Faster and more accurate forecasts can save lives and property.

Carrie Arnold • knowable
Nov. 11, 2020 ~12 min

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Enigmatic fast radio burst pinned on magnetised dead star

For the first time, astronomers have managed to trace a so-called fast radio burst to a specific source.

Nov. 4, 2020 ~4 min

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Durham University Prof Carlos Frenk's prize a 'huge honour'

Prof Carlos Frenk is one of the originators of a theory on dark matter and galaxies.

Nov. 2, 2020 ~2 min

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The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons

The scariest beast in the universe has an insatiable appetite and shreds its victims.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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