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

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The billion-year belch

Michael Calzadilla and colleagues describe a violent black hole outburst that provides new insight into galaxy cluster evolution.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Dec. 23, 2019 ~6 min

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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 • mit
Dec. 18, 2019 ~8 min

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New instrument extends LIGO’s reach

Technology “squeezes” out quantum noise so more gravitational wave signals can be detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 5, 2019 ~9 min

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Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Nov. 20, 2019 ~8 min

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Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 14, 2019 ~8 min

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Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions

Studying a common material at room temperature, researchers bring quantum behavior “closer to our daily life.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 6, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: energy physics kavli-institute mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering quantum-computing research school-of-engineering

This is how a “fuzzy” universe may have looked

Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than cold or warm.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 3, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: dark-matter algorithms astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute research school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science


Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 12, 2019 ~8 min

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