Study: State-level adoption of renewable energy standards saves money and lives

MIT researchers review renewable energy and carbon pricing policies as states consider repealing or relaxing renewable portfolio standards.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Jan. 22, 2020 | mit
~13 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative eaps idss research emissions policy government school-of-science school-of-engineering joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change wind solar renewable-energy alternative-energy

Scientists pin down timing of lunar dynamo’s demise

Findings suggest the moon’s magnetic field was produced by the fallout of a crystallizing iron core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 1, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

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

How long will a volcanic island live?

Plate tectonics and mantle plumes set the lifespan of volcanic islands like Hawaii and the Galapagos.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 1, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment geology evolution research school-of-science nasa

A sign that aliens could stink

A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology chemistry eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences kavli-institute planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

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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Investigating the rise of oxygenic photosynthesis

EAPS scientists find an alternative explanation for mineral evidence thought to signal the presence of oxygen prior to the Great Oxidation Event.

Kate Petersen | EAPS | Dec. 4, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

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Continuing a legacy of Antarctic exploration

The Summons Lab compares lipids from Antarctic microbial communities to century-old samples.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | Nov. 22, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science biology climate climate-change evolution research animals earth-and-atmospheric-sciences geology ecology environment microbes bacteria genetics

Collision course: a geological mystery in the Himalayas

MIT geologists use paleomagnetism to determine the chain of events that resulted in the Himalayan mountains, with the support of MISTI-India.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Supercomputer analyzes web traffic across entire internet

Modeling web traffic could aid cybersecurity, computing infrastructure design, Internet policy, and more.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 27, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research eaps lincoln-laboratory school-of-science computer-science-and-technology algorithms artificial-intelligence machine-learning data supercomputing internet cybersecurity

Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted

Study finds even the tallest ice cliffs should support their own weight rather than collapsing catastrophically.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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