Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” graphene

Results could help designers engineer high-temperature superconductors and quantum computing devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 7, 2020 ~9 min

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Nanosensor can alert a smartphone when plants are stressed

Carbon nanotubes embedded in leaves detect chemical signals that are produced when a plant is damaged.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research carbon-nanotubes plants nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering school-of-engineering carbon department-of-energy-doe singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

First sighting of mysterious Majorana fermion on a common metal

Physicists’ discovery could lead to a new family of robust qubits for quantum computing.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics quantum-computing research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials

Sorting through millions of possibilities, a search for battery materials delivered results in five weeks instead of 50 years.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: research machine-learning batteries metals chemical-engineering school-of-engineering artificial-intelligence materials-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
March 18, 2020 ~9 min

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Deep learning for mechanical property evaluation

New technique allows for more precise measurements of deformation characteristics using nanoindentation tools.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: materials-science-and-engineering dmse school-of-engineering research artificial-intelligence machine-learning department-of-energy-doe

How plants protect themselves from sun damage

Study reveals a mechanism that plants can use to dissipate excess sunlight as heat.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research chemistry plants agriculture food school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

Using light to put a twist on electrons

Method with polarized light can create and measure nonsymmetrical states in a layered material.

David Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 26, 2020 ~6 min

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The force is strong in neutron stars

Study identifies a transition in the strong nuclear force that illuminates the structure of a neutron star’s core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 26, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics stars research nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

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