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   

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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   

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Using light to generate order in an exotic material

Physics experiment with ultrafast laser pulses produces a previously unseen phase of matter.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 11, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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System provides cooling with no electricity

Passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away.

David Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 30, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 24, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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Watching electrons using extreme ultraviolet light

MIT researchers have developed a new technique to reveal the uncharted dynamics of electrons in materials.

Materials Research Laboratory | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory

Lab-scale experiment could help scientists understand interstellar and galactic-scale smashups.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

New research provides a look at how India could meet its climate targets while maintaining economic growth

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | July 31, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

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