New Semilab SE-2000 Spectroscopic Ellipsometer at MIT.nano

Instrument can provide information on various properties of thin films via a combination of optical characterization and modeling.

MIT.nano • mit
Sept. 25, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering school-of-science facilities nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mitnano

Provably exact artificial intelligence for nuclear and particle physics

MIT-led team uses AI and machine learning to explore fundamental forces.

Sandi Miller | Department of Physics • mit
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics artificial-intelligence research school-of-science computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail laboratory-for-nuclear-science ligo

Live imaging method brings structure to mapping brain function

Scientists distinguish brain regions based on what they do, but now have a new way to overlay information about how they are built.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Sept. 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience imaging microscopy vision research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute 3-d-imaging

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

Tags: astronomy exoplanets research stars tess school-of-science algorithms kavli-institute planetary-science space-astronomy-and-planetary-science eaps

Rapid test for Covid-19 shows improved sensitivity

A CRISPR-based test developed at MIT and the Broad Institute can detect nearly as many cases as the standard Covid-19 diagnostic.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 17, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: medicine crispr public-health covid-19 pandemic broad-institute viruses research school-of-engineering school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences biological-engineering mcgovern-institute

Making tuberculosis more susceptible to antibiotics

Shortening carbohydrates in the bacterial cell wall makes them more vulnerable to certain drugs.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: chemistry antibiotics microbes research school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih

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

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy research school-of-science kavli-institute planetary-science space-astronomy-and-planetary-science eaps

As information flows through brain’s heirarchy, higher regions use higher-frequency waves

Study also finds specific frequency bands of brain waves associated with encoding, or inhibiting encoding, of sensory information across the cortex.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: neuroscience memory research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

New gene regulation model provides insight into brain development

A well-known protein family binds to many more RNA sequences than previously thought in order to help neurons grow.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: genetics neuroscience development biology data research school-of-science computer-modeling

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