Maria Zuber on climate change: “Breakthroughs will happen”

MIT’s vice president for research identifies three areas that show particular promise for climate action.

MIT Resource Department • mit
April 22, 2020 ~7 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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Astrophysical shock phenomena reproduced in the laboratory

Lab-scale experiment could help scientists understand interstellar and galactic-scale smashups.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space research school-of-science staff department-of-energy-doe plasma-science-and-fusion-center astronomy-and-planetary-science

Steering fusion’s “D-turn”

Research scientist Alessandro Marinoni shows that reversing traditional plasma shaping provides greater stability for fusion reactions.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
May 17, 2019 ~7 min

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Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks

Long-haul trucks with electric motors combined with gas-alcohol engines could slash pollution levels and greenhouse gases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 9, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy environment pollution global-warming emissions research transportation automobiles batteries school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative nuclear-science-and-engineering plasma-science-and-fusion-center oil-and-gas

Enhanced NMR reveals chemical structures in a fraction of the time

Technique could yield insights into complex proteins involved in Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: chemistry imaging biology research proteins school-of-science magnets plasma-science-and-fusion-center

On the right path to fusion energy

National Academies study recommends a pilot fusion energy program that aligns with MIT's fusion approach and SPARC project.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Dec. 21, 2018 ~8 min

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Pushing the plasma density limit | MIT News

Plasma Science and Fusion Center researchers discover a path to overcoming the plasma density limit in their quest for steady-state fusion.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Aug. 23, 2018 ~8 min

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Taming fusion with machine learning | MIT News

Postdoc Cristina Rea's detour into banking provides a new route back to plasma research.

Paul Rivenberg • mit
July 2, 2018 ~7 min

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