“Giant atoms” enable quantum processing and communication in one

Researchers devise an on-off system that allows high-fidelity operations and interconnection between processors.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT News correspondent • mit
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics quantum-computing research school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs research-laboratory-of-electronics lincoln-laboratory

Study: A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered “Snowball Earths”

Findings also suggest exoplanets lying within habitable zones may be susceptible to ice ages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics exoplanets geology climate-change environment climate research school-of-science planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Algorithm finds hidden connections between paintings at the Met

A team from MIT helped create an image retrieval system to find the closest matches of paintings from different artists and cultures.

Rachel Gordon | MIT CSAIL • mit
July 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning arts research design school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs algorithms computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing

Study sheds light on the evolution of the earliest dinosaurs

Geological evidence suggests the known dinosaur groups diverged early on, supporting the traditional dinosaur family tree.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution geology research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Shining a light on the quantum world

With funding from MISTI, physicists at MIT and in Israel collaborate to improve understanding and use of quantum light.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
July 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics graphene x-ray graduate profile light research school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences misti postdoctoral

Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit?

In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips.

Gavin Choo | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities sustainability pollution development research transportation automobiles school-of-architecture-and-planning urban-studies-and-planning singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

Novel gas-capture approach advances nuclear fuel management

Multidisciplinary team uses metal organic frameworks to extract radioactive krypton from fuel-reprocessing gasses.

Peter Dunn | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
July 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy emissions research school-of-engineering collaboration national-science-foundation-nsf materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe nuclear-power-and-reactors

An origin story for a family of oddball meteorites

Study suggests the rare objects likely came from an early planetesimal with a magnetic core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space astronomy geology nasa research school-of-science planetary-science eaps astronomy-and-planetary-science

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