Despite the planet’s seeming standstill, graduate students continue to use LIGO to identify astrophysical events.
Aug. 19, 2020 • ~7 min
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Study suggests the rare objects likely came from an early planetesimal with a magnetic core.
July 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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A colliding star may have triggered the drastic transformation.
July 15, 2020 • ~8 min
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“Light squeezer” reduces quantum noise in lasers, could enhance quantum computing and gravitational-wave detection.
July 7, 2020 • ~8 min
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Study shows LIGO’s 40-kilogram mirrors can move in response to tiny quantum effects, revealing the “spooky popcorn of the universe.”
July 1, 2020 • ~8 min
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Neptune-sized planet may be remnant core of a much larger planet.
July 1, 2020 • ~5 min
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Signal from 500 million light years away is the first periodic pattern of radio bursts detected.
June 17, 2020 • ~7 min
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Danielle Frostig, a physics graduate student, is developing an instrument to study how the heaviest elements in the universe are produced.
June 12, 2020 • ~8 min
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Discovery made through the Disk Detective project could help the search for new planets.
June 2, 2020 • ~8 min
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MIT scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks, unexpectedly answering questions about meteorites and formation of rocky planets.
May 7, 2020 • ~8 min
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