Model could help determine quarantine measures needed to reduce Covid-19’s spread

A key finding: Early reopening last spring led to a dramatic drop in “quarantine strength” in southern and west-central U.S. states.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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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

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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

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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

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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

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