Study: Astronomers risk misinterpreting planetary signals in James Webb data

Refining current opacity models will be key to unearthing details of exoplanet properties — and signs of life — in data from the powerful new telescope.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2022 ~7 min

‘Diamond rain’ in space could prove useful on Earth

"Diamond rain" on the giant icy planets Neptune and Uranus could be more common than previously thought, say scientists.

Stanford • futurity
Sept. 13, 2022 ~9 min

Curious Kids: what is exotic matter, and could we use it to make wormholes?

Strangely behaving matter could one day explain some of the mysteries of space.

Carolyn Devereux, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
Sept. 12, 2022 ~5 min

Building something better: How community organizing helps people thrive in challenging times

Organizers across the US are finding innovative grassroots strategies for helping people thrive. Many of these ventures emphasize working together as part of communities and collective systems.

Meghan Elizabeth Kallman, Assistant Professor of International Development, UMass Boston • conversation
Sept. 8, 2022 ~10 min

Dust composite could be used to 3D print stuff on Mars

Simulated Mars dust and titanium alloy combine to make a 3D printed material that could one day become tools or rocket parts on Mars.

Sara Zaske-Washington State • futurity
Sept. 7, 2022 ~5 min

Pregnancy in space: studying stem cells in zero gravity may determine whether it’s safe

Avoid while pregnant or trying to conceive: smoking, drinking, space travel.

Emmanouil Karteris, Reader in Biomedical Sciences, Brunel University London • conversation
Sept. 6, 2022 ~7 min

Team gauges moon’s shadowed side for future landings

New information about the surface properties of the moon's permanently shadowed region will help to identify suitable locations for future lunar missions.

Franziska Schmid-ETH Zurich • futurity
Sept. 2, 2022 ~5 min

MIT’s MOXIE experiment reliably produces oxygen on Mars

Day and night, and across seasons, the instrument generates breathable oxygen from the Red Planet’s thin atmosphere.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 31, 2022 ~7 min

Some sand on the Red Planet is actually green

Rocks on Mars that date back nearly 4 billion years are composed of large grains of olivine, which tints Hawaiian beaches green back on Earth.

Brian Huchel-Purdue • futurity
Aug. 30, 2022 ~7 min

Do humans really need other species?

People wouldn’t last long without the countless other species we depend on for survival.

Tom Langen, Professor of Biology, Clarkson University • conversation
Aug. 29, 2022 ~9 min