Machine-learning tool could help develop tougher materials

Engineers develop a rapid screening system to test fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: research biomaterials civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering artificial-intelligence machine-learning school-of-engineering

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

Engineers develop precision injection system for plants

Microneedles made of silk-based material can target plant tissues for delivery of micronutrients, hormones, or genes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: plants research civil-and-environmental-engineering agriculture sustainability developing-countries food microbes bacteria school-of-engineering biology school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

Researchers explore ocean microbes’ role in climate effects

When they encounter nutrient oases in the marine desert, marine bacteria release a gas involved in climate regulation.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering climate-change civil-and-environmental-engineering microfluidics ocean-science national-science-foundation-nsf oceanography-and-ocean-engineering bacteria environment

Can financial disclosure of climate risk accelerate climate action?

Online panel discussion hosted by MIT explores best practices for mitigating climate-related risk.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
April 16, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change sloan-school-of-management mit-energy-initiative research oil-and-gas climate-change environment finance industry policy climate greenhouse-gases carbon-dioxide emissions sustainability special-events-and-guest-speakers

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

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