Towable sensor free-falls to measure vertical slices of ocean conditions

Instrument may help scientists assess the ocean’s response to climate change.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: eaps ocean-science oceanography-and-ocean-engineering physics research school-of-science sensors water climate-change

Susan Solomon earns Killian Award, MIT’s highest faculty honor

Atmospheric chemist is recognized for her “leadership in working toward real-world solutions to address the global climate crisis.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 13, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences emissions environment global-warming greenhouse-gases international-relations research school-of-science climate-change faculty awards honors-and-fellowships

3 Questions: Harnessing wave power to rebuild islands

In the Maldives, an MIT team is conducting experiments to combat sea-level rise by redirecting natural sand movement.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: architecture self-assembly 3-questions research climate-change oceanography-and-ocean-engineering eaps school-of-science environment school-of-architecture-and-planning

When baby planets melt

MIT scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks, unexpectedly answering questions about meteorites and formation of rocky planets.

Laura Carter | School of Science • mit
May 7, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: school-of-science eaps space astronomy-and-planetary-science solar-system planetary-science earth-and-atmospheric-sciences venus mars mercury research

Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world

When searching for extraterrestrial life, astronomers may want to look at planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology bacteria eaps exoplanets kavli-institute planetary-science research space astronomy-and-planetary-science space-exploration school-of-engineering school-of-science

Origins of Earth’s magnetic field remain a mystery

The existence of a magnetic field beyond 3.5 billion years ago is still up for debate.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 8, 2020 ~9 min

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

Titan’s missing river deltas and an Earthly climate connection

Samuel Birch, a new Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Fellow at MIT, will investigate the surfaces of outer solar system objects.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS • mit
April 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: eaps school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science research climate environment geology nasa earth-and-atmospheric-sciences awards honors-and-fellowships planetary-science

3 Questions: Greg Britten on how marine life can recover by 2050

Committing to aggressive conservation efforts could rebuild ocean habitats and species populations in a few decades.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS • mit
April 3, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: eaps 3-questions environment research school-of-science climate climate-change sustainability policy government computational-biology pollution ecology graduate postdoctoral oceanography-and-ocean-engineering

Five MIT payloads deployed on the International Space Station

A cohort of transdisciplinary researchers will study the effects of sustained microgravity.

Janine Liberty | MIT Media Lab • mit
March 25, 2020 ~8 min

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