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
today ~7 min

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In Brazil, a look at why health care declines around elections

Guillermo Toral PhD '20 finds health care quality drops in months leading up to mayoral elections, and if the incumbent loses, the quality continues to fall.

MIT Governance Lab • mit
yesterday ~8 min

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Could lab-grown plant tissue ease the environmental toll of logging and agriculture?

MIT researchers grow structures made of wood-like plant cells in a lab, hinting at the possibility of more efficient biomaterials production.

Daniel Ackerman | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~6 min

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Understanding antibodies to avoid pandemics

Structural biologist Pamela Björkman shared insights into pandemic viruses as part of the Department of Biology’s IAP seminar series.

Saima Sidik | Department of Biology • mit
Jan. 19, 2021 ~5 min

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Why cancer cells waste so much energy

MIT study sheds light on the longstanding question of why cancer cells get their energy from fermentation.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 15, 2021 ~6 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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Concept for a hybrid-electric plane may reduce aviation’s air pollution problem

Proposed design could reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 95 percent, a new study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~7 min

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