Search for axions from nearby star Betelgeuse comes up empty

Results significantly narrow the range of possible places to find the hypothetical dark matter particles.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

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They don't come as pills, but try these 6 underprescribed lifestyle medicines for a better, longer life

Lifestyle medicine targets the root of chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease and diabetes. Experts explain why everyone should embrace these free prescriptions for good health.

Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director of Health and Productivity, UPMC Health Plan & Workpartners, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
Jan. 20, 2021 ~10 min

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Stereotypes may stifle some harassment claims

People in a new study deemed the sexual harassment claims of "prototypical" women more credible, which raises the question of who gets silenced.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Jan. 15, 2021 ~9 min

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Mark Vogelsberger wins 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for simulating a “fuzzy” universe

Associate professor of physics shares the honor with colleague Phillip Mocz for their novel dark matter research.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

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Experiments investigate time symmetry violations

Researchers report progress on synthesizing and detecting ions that are among the most sensitive measures for time symmetry violations.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
Jan. 13, 2021 ~5 min

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Quantum projects launched to solve universe’s mysteries

Researchers will use cutting-edge quantum technologies to transform our understanding of the universe and answer key questions such as the nature of dark

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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How black holes morphed from theory to reality

PODCAST: Physicists were mostly skeptical back when the idea of them emerged a century ago from Einstein’s work. The evolution of the evidence, from circumstantial to conclusive, is the quintessential story of science.

Adam Levy • knowable
Jan. 11, 2021 ~22 min

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Robot dances show how messy swarms get organized

Researchers have a new theory about how groups of animals, particles, or robots become orderly. To show it off, they used dancing robots.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Jan. 11, 2021 ~7 min

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Connected workouts can help you get fit alongside virtual buddies during the pandemic

From step counters and active video games to apps for exercisers and tech-enabled gear, there are a lot of ways to combine your workouts with your digital life.

Karin Pfeiffer, Professor of Kinesiology, Michigan State University • conversation
Jan. 7, 2021 ~9 min

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RNA molecules are masters of their own destiny

Research suggests the products of transcription — RNA molecules — regulate their own production through a feedback loop.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
Jan. 5, 2021 ~8 min

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