Study: A plunge in incoming sunlight may have triggered “Snowball Earths”

Findings also suggest exoplanets lying within habitable zones may be susceptible to ice ages.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics exoplanets geology climate-change environment climate research school-of-science planetary-science eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Algorithm quickly simulates a roll of loaded dice

Approach for generating numbers at random may help analyses of complex systems, from Earth’s climate to financial markets.

Steve Nadis | MIT News correspondent • mit
May 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: mathematics data research cyber-security school-of-engineering school-of-science electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs algorithms brain-and-cognitive-sciences mit-schwarzman-college-of-computing computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory

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: evolution mathematics physics biology research cells 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: machine-learning mathematics geology artificial-intelligence environment earthquakes research school-of-science eaps 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: mathematics profile research school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs computer-science-and-technology faculty algorithms computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail

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

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

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: mathematics physics energy research wireless school-of-science 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: mathematics computing electronics research computer-science-and-technology lincoln-laboratory

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 research school-of-science staff

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