The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

Study shows ripples across a newly fertilized egg are similar to other systems, from ocean and atmospheric circulations to quantum fluids.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: biology cells evolution mathematics physics research school-of-science

Machine learning picks out hidden vibrations from earthquake data

Technique may help scientists more accurately map vast underground geologic structures.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: eaps earthquakes environment geology mathematics research school-of-science machine-learning artificial-intelligence earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Finding the true potential of algorithms

Using mathematical theory, Virginia Williams coaxes algorithms to run faster or proves they’ve hit their maximum speed.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms profile faculty computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering mathematics

How strong is your knot?

With help from spaghetti and color-changing fibers, a new mathematical model predicts a knot’s stability.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: computer-modeling mathematics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

A new way to remove contaminants from nuclear wastewater

Method concentrates radionuclides in a small portion of a nuclear plant’s wastewater, allowing the rest to be recycled.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 19, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering chemical-engineering energy water desalination mathematics nuclear-science-and-engineering

Researchers generate terahertz laser with laughing gas

Device may enable “T-ray vision” and better wireless communication.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 14, 2019 ~10 min

Tags: energy mathematics physics research school-of-science wireless national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-defense-dod

Nature can help solve optimization problems

A low-cost analog circuit based on synchronizing oscillators could scale up quickly and cheaply to beat out digital computers.

Kylie Foy | Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Oct. 28, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: lincoln-laboratory computing electronics research computer-science-and-technology mathematics

The answer to life, the universe, and everything

Mathematics researcher Drew Sutherland helps solve decades-old sum-of-three-cubes puzzle, with help from "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Sandi Miller | Department of Mathematics • mit
Sept. 10, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics school-of-science research staff

Biologists and mathematicians team up to explore tissue folding

An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 25, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: research biology mathematics school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction

Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences, study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 8, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: carbon climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-science emissions environment geology global-warming greenhouse-gases mathematics research school-of-science nasa national-science-foundation-nsf

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