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 | Jan. 7, 2020 | mit
~9 mins   

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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 | Jan. 2, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

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 | Dec. 19, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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 | Nov. 14, 2019 | mit
~10 mins   

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 | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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 | Sept. 10, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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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 | July 25, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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 | July 8, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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

A droplet walks into an electric field …

Researchers have found a simple formula that could be useful for air purification, space propulsion, and molecular analyses.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | June 17, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: fluid-dynamics mathematics mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering school-of-science water physics national-science-foundation-nsf

Mathematical technique quickly tunes next-generation lenses

“Metasurfaces” that manipulate light at tiny scales could find uses in cellphone lenses, smart-car sensors, and optical fibers.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | May 21, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: algorithms mathematics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology photonics research school-of-science

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