A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

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3 Questions: Areg Danagoulian on a new arms control tool and the future of nuclear security

Danagoulian and his research team developed a system that could greatly improve the process for verifying compliance of nuclear warheads.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 23, 2020 ~7 min

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Gamma radiation found ineffective in sterilizing N95 masks

Nuclear scientists and biomedical researchers team up to investigate whether treatment with gamma radiation could make N95 masks more reusable.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 10, 2020 ~10 min

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Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
March 18, 2020 ~9 min

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Novel method for easier scaling of quantum devices

System “recruits” defects that usually cause disruptions, using them to instead carry out quantum operations.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
March 5, 2020 ~8 min

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The force is strong in neutron stars

Study identifies a transition in the strong nuclear force that illuminates the structure of a neutron star’s core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 26, 2020 ~10 min

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A material’s insulating properties can be tuned at will

Most materials have a fixed ability to conduct heat, but applying voltage to this thin film changes its thermal properties drastically.

David Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2020 ~8 min

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Correcting the “jitters” in quantum devices

A new study suggests a path to more efficient error correction, which may help make quantum computers and sensors more practical.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 3, 2020 ~8 min

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Zeroing in on decarbonization

Wielding complex algorithms, nuclear science and engineering doctoral candidate Nestor Sepulveda spins out scenarios for combating climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Jan. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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