The billion-year belch

Michael Calzadilla and colleagues describe a violent black hole outburst that provides new insight into galaxy cluster evolution.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Dec. 23, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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

A sign that aliens could stink

A molecule that’s known for its smelly and poisonous nature on Earth may be a sure-fire sign of extraterrestrial life.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 18, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics biology chemistry eaps earth-and-atmospheric-sciences kavli-institute planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

MIT researchers realize “ideal” kagome metal electronic structure

Newly synthesized compound of iron and tin atoms in 1-to-1 ratio displays unique behavior.

Materials Research Laboratory | Dec. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: materials-research-laboratory magnetism metals electronics spintronics physics school-of-science research quantum-mechanics

Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?

A new analysis puts dark matter back in the game as a possible source of energy excess at the galactic center.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 10, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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New instrument extends LIGO’s reach

Technology “squeezes” out quantum noise so more gravitational wave signals can be detected.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 5, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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Phoenix cluster is cooler than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Nov. 20, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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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 | Nov. 14, 2019 | mit
~10 mins   

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Advancing nuclear detection and inspection

With new tech, assistant professor of nuclear science and engineering Areg Danagoulian probes deep inside cargo containers and ballistic warheads to ferret out fissile materials.

Leda Zimmerman | Nuclear science and engineering | Nov. 14, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Using light to generate order in an exotic material

Physics experiment with ultrafast laser pulses produces a previously unseen phase of matter.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 11, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Putting the “bang” in the Big Bang

Physicists simulate critical “reheating” period that kickstarted the Big Bang in the universe’s first fractions of a second.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 24, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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