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

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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

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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

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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

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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 • mit
July 25, 2019 ~6 min

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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

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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 • mit
June 17, 2019 ~8 min

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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 • mit
May 21, 2019 ~8 min

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