Scientists pin down timing of lunar dynamo’s demise

Findings suggest the moon’s magnetic field was produced by the fallout of a crystallizing iron core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 1, 2020 | mit
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Tags: moon eaps planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science nasa earth-and-atmospheric-sciences geology

How long will a volcanic island live?

Plate tectonics and mantle plumes set the lifespan of volcanic islands like Hawaii and the Galapagos.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 1, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences environment geology evolution research school-of-science nasa

3 Questions: How to control biofilms in space

MIT and University of Colorado researchers are collaborating on an experiment to be sent to the International Space Station.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 1, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 16, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research school-of-architecture-and-planning center-for-bits-and-atoms robots self-assembly 3-d-printing robotics nasa

Astronomers use giant galaxy cluster as X-ray magnifying lens

New lens technique spots tiny dwarf galaxy in the first, super-energetic stages of star formation.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute nasa research satellites school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science stars physics


Scientists detect tones in the ringing of a newborn black hole for the first time

Results support Einstein’s theory and the idea that black holes have no “hair.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 12, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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For first time, astronomers catch asteroid in the act of changing color

Asteroid is likely shedding reddish dust, revealing a fresh, blue surface beneath.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 29, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere

Study reports on search for an atmosphere around a planet somewhat similar to ours.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute nasa planetary-science research satellites school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science stars

TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate “sub-Neptune”

Planetary system orbiting an unusually quiet star is ideal for future habitability searches.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 29, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: tess astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute nasa planetary-science research satellites school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science stars

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