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
March 26, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

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
March 18, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

Tags: plasma-science-and-fusion-center materials-science-and-engineering research fusion alternative-energy renewable-energy energy industry physics department-of-energy-doe policy nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science

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
March 16, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

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
March 10, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

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
Feb. 26, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: research physics materials-science-and-engineering school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf

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
Feb. 26, 2020 | mit

~10 mins   

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

For cheaper solar cells, thinner really is better

Solar panel costs have dropped lately, but slimming down silicon wafers could lead to even lower costs and faster industry expansion.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Jan. 26, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering energy solar nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering renewable-energy alternative-energy sustainability mit-energy-initiative climate-change department-of-energy-doe

Chemists glimpse the fleeting “transition state” of a reaction

New technique for observing reaction products offers insights into the chemical mechanisms that formed them.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
Dec. 16, 2019 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: research chemistry school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf

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

How biomarkers can record and reconstruct climate trends

Scientists reveal the genes and proteins controlling the chemical structure of a paleoclimate biomarker.

Fatima Husain | EAPS
Dec. 4, 2019 | mit

~5 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science research climate ocean-science dna biology geology climate-change microbes evolution genetics bacteria earth-and-atmospheric-sciences national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe

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