Understanding the impact of deep-sea mining

Mining materials from the sea floor could help secure a low-carbon future, but researchers are racing to understand the environmental effects.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering | Dec. 5, 2019 | mit
~11 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering oceanography-and-ocean-engineering environment sustainability batteries renewable-energy research energy-storage

New instrument extends LIGO’s reach

Technology “squeezes” out quantum noise so more gravitational wave signals can be detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 5, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute ligo national-science-foundation-nsf physics research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

How biomarkers can record and reconstruct climate trends

Scientists reveal the genes and proteins controlling the chemical structure of a paleoclimate biomarker.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science research climate ocean-science dna biology geology climate-change microbes evolution genetics bacteria earth-and-atmospheric-sciences national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe

Monthly birth control pill could replace daily doses

Long-lasting capsule can remain in the stomach and release contraceptive drugs over several weeks.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research drug-delivery chemical-engineering mechanical-engineering koch-institute institute-for-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering health medicine developing-countries women drug-development

Investigating the rise of oxygenic photosynthesis

EAPS scientists find an alternative explanation for mineral evidence thought to signal the presence of oxygen prior to the Great Oxidation Event.

Kate Petersen | EAPS | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science microbes environment climate bacteria evolution biology geology research genetics

Controlling attention with brain waves

Study shows that people can boost attention by manipulating their own alpha brain waves.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research behavior brain-and-cognitive-sciences mcgovern-institute school-of-science neuroscience

A new way to control microbial metabolism

Chemical engineers program bacteria to switch between different metabolic pathways, boosting their yield of desirable products.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 2, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf bacteria microbes biological-engineering synthetic-biology

New treatment could ease the passage of kidney stones

Muscle relaxants delivered to the ureter can reduce contractions that cause pain when passing a stone.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 2, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research materials-science-and-engineering dmse koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-science-and-technology medicine


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