An unexpected origin story for a lopsided black hole merger

Researchers suggest a novel process to explain the collision of a large black hole and a much smaller one.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy research black-holes school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute space-astronomy-and-planetary-science ligo

A “bang” in LIGO and Virgo detectors signals most massive gravitational-wave source yet

A binary black hole merger likely produced gravitational waves equal to the energy of eight suns.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 2, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: physics astrophysics astronomy data research black-holes school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute space-astronomy-and-planetary-science ligo


Cosmic rays may soon stymie quantum computing

Building quantum computers underground or designing radiation-proof qubits may be needed, researchers find.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics electronics quantum-computing research school-of-science computer-science-and-technology national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe nuclear-power-and-reactors lincoln-laboratory

Can a quantum strategy help bring down the house?

Study finds quantum entanglement could, in principle, give a slight advantage in the game of blackjack.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 3, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics quantum-computing research school-of-science algorithms national-science-foundation-nsf center-for-theoretical-physics

Study sheds light on the evolution of the earliest dinosaurs

Geological evidence suggests the known dinosaur groups diverged early on, supporting the traditional dinosaur family tree.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
July 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution geology research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences

Novel gas-capture approach advances nuclear fuel management

Multidisciplinary team uses metal organic frameworks to extract radioactive krypton from fuel-reprocessing gasses.

Peter Dunn | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
July 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy emissions research school-of-engineering collaboration national-science-foundation-nsf materials-science-and-engineering dmse nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe nuclear-power-and-reactors


Chemists make tough plastics recyclable

New method for producing thermoset plastics allows them to be broken down more easily after use.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry sustainability recycling research polymers school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih materials-science-and-engineering

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