Scientists pin down timing of lunar dynamo’s demise

Findings suggest the moon’s magnetic field was produced by the fallout of a crystallizing iron core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 1, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: moon eaps planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science nasa earth-and-atmospheric-sciences geology

The billion-year belch

Michael Calzadilla and colleagues describe a violent black hole outburst that provides new insight into galaxy cluster evolution.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Dec. 23, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

A sign that aliens could stink

A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology chemistry eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences kavli-institute planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?

A new analysis puts dark matter back in the game as a possible source of energy excess at the galactic center.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 10, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics center-for-theoretical-physics laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science department-of-energy-doe

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

Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

3 Questions: How to control biofilms in space

MIT and University of Colorado researchers are collaborating on an experiment to be sent to the International Space Station.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 1, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research microbes nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering surface-engineering nasa materials-science-and-engineering 3-questions faculty students graduate postdoctoral school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute nasa research satellites school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science stars physics

This is how a “fuzzy” universe may have looked

Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than cold or warm.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: dark-matter algorithms astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute research school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science


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