Mark Vogelsberger wins 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for simulating a “fuzzy” universe

Associate professor of physics shares the honor with colleague Phillip Mocz for their novel dark matter research.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

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RNA molecules are masters of their own destiny

Research suggests the products of transcription — RNA molecules — regulate their own production through a feedback loop.

Eva Frederick | Whitehead Institute • mit
Jan. 5, 2021 ~8 min

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Aerosols from pollution, desert storms, and forest fires may intensify thunderstorms

Researchers identify a mechanism by which small particles in the atmosphere can generate more frequent thunderstorms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 31, 2020 ~7 min

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Ultracold atoms reveal a new type of quantum magnetic behavior

The findings may help researchers design “spintronic” devices and novel magnetic materials.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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New type of atomic clock keeps time even more precisely

The design, which uses entangled atoms, could help scientists detect dark matter and study gravity’s effect on time.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2020 ~7 min

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A cool advance in thermoelectric conversion

A quantum effect in topological semimetals demonstrated by MIT researchers could allow for the utilization of an untapped energy source.

Steve Nadis | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Dec. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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A technique to sift out the universe’s first gravitational waves

Identifying primordial ripples would be key to understanding the conditions of the early universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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Physicists capture the sound of a “perfect” fluid

The results should help scientists study the viscosity in neutron stars, the plasma of the early universe, and other strongly interacting fluids.

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

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Pulling the secrets of dark matter out of a hat

Grad student Chiara Salemi and Professor Lindley Winslow use the ABRACADABRA instrument to reveal insights into dark matter.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science • mit
Dec. 2, 2020 ~9 min

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An escape route for seafloor methane

Leakage from frozen layers was a puzzle, but a new study shows how the potent greenhouse gas breaks through icy barriers.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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