Astronomers detect regular rhythm of radio waves, with origins unknown

Signal from 500 million light years away is the first periodic pattern of radio bursts detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

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

Why the Mediterranean is a climate change hotspot

MIT analysis uncovers the basis of the severe rainfall declines predicted by many models.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: health climate-change water global-warming europe research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering middle-east

Study sheds light on a classic visual illusion

Neuroscientists delve into how background brightness influences our perception of an object.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
June 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: neuroscience vision india research school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences national-institutes-of-health-nih

Study finds path for addressing Alzheimer’s blood-brain barrier impairment

MIT researchers pinpoint mechanism and demonstrate that drugs could help.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: stem-cells medicine neuroscience alzheimers tissue-engineering research drug-development school-of-science brain-and-cognitive-sciences picower-institute

From delayed deceleration to Zooming

Jacqueline Thomas PhD ’20 recounts her final academic year at MIT, from once-in-a-lifetime field work to a virtual thesis defense.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
June 14, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: sustainability aircraft covid-19 pandemic data graduate profile research aviation students school-of-engineering alumniae aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering computer-modeling postdoctoral air-traffic

Tiny sand grains trigger massive glacial surges

New model answers longstanding question of how these sudden flows happen; may expand understanding of Antarctic ice sheets.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: geology environment climate nasa research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences fluid-dynamics

Capturing stardust

Danielle Frostig, a physics graduate student, is developing an instrument to study how the heaviest elements in the universe are produced.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
June 12, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space graduate profile research students school-of-science kavli-institute ligo astronomy-and-planetary-science postdoctoral

Newly observed phenomenon could lead to new quantum devices

Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics electronics quantum-mechanics research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

State-level R&D tax credits spur growth of new businesses

Study also finds tax breaks for general business investment have slightly negative effect on innovation.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: startups economics policy research government innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie sloan-school-of-management business-and-management

Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability greenhouse-gases infrastructure emissions research transportation automobiles carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

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