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   

Tags: energy mathematics physics research school-of-science wireless national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-defense-dod

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   

Tags: research physics lasers school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

New pathway for lung cancer treatment

MIT researchers identify pyrimidine biosynthesis as a target for the treatment of small cell lung cancer.

Bendta Schroeder | Koch Institute | Nov. 6, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: koch-institute biology school-of-science research cancer medicine drug-development

Chemists observe “spooky” quantum tunneling

Extremely large electric fields can prevent umbrella-shaped ammonia molecules from inverting.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 4, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemistry quantum-mechanics school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf

3 Questions: How to control biofilms in space

MIT and University of Colorado researchers are collaborating on an experiment to be sent to the International Space Station.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 1, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research microbes nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering surface-engineering nasa materials-science-and-engineering 3-questions faculty students graduate postdoctoral school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

New synthesis method yields degradable polymers

Materials could be useful for delivering drugs or imaging agents in the body; may offer alternative to some industrial plastics.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: chemistry research drug-delivery imaging polymers school-of-science national-institutes-of-health-nih national-science-foundation-nsf

Collision course: a geological mystery in the Himalayas

MIT geologists use paleomagnetism to determine the chain of events that resulted in the Himalayan mountains, with the support of MISTI-India.

Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | Oct. 28, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: eaps misti environment geology planetary-science plate-tectonics climate research students school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Supercomputer analyzes web traffic across entire internet

Modeling web traffic could aid cybersecurity, computing infrastructure design, Internet policy, and more.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 27, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research eaps lincoln-laboratory school-of-science computer-science-and-technology algorithms artificial-intelligence machine-learning data supercomputing internet cybersecurity

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   

Tags: astrophysics computer-modeling physics cosmic-inflation research program-in-sts national-science-foundation-nsf school-of-science school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences department-of-energy-doe

New process could make hydrogen peroxide available in remote places

MIT-developed method may lead to portable devices for making the disinfectant on-site where it’s needed.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry chemical-engeering water health developing-countries school-of-science school-of-engineering

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