When baby planets melt

MIT scientists identify first magmas generated in solar system’s building blocks, unexpectedly answering questions about meteorites and formation of rocky planets.

Laura Carter | School of Science • mit
May 7, 2020 ~8 min

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Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world

When searching for extraterrestrial life, astronomers may want to look at planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~9 min

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Event Horizon Telescope observes a black hole-powered jet

MIT Haystack Observatory researchers coauthor a paper announcing the observation of a surprising structure in a distant quasar, 3C 279.

Nancy Wolfe Kotary | MIT Haystack Observatory • mit
April 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Origins of Earth’s magnetic field remain a mystery

The existence of a magnetic field beyond 3.5 billion years ago is still up for debate.

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

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Titan’s missing river deltas and an Earthly climate connection

Samuel Birch, a new Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Fellow at MIT, will investigate the surfaces of outer solar system objects.

Lauren Hinkel | EAPS • mit
April 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Five MIT payloads deployed on the International Space Station

A cohort of transdisciplinary researchers will study the effects of sustained microgravity.

Janine Liberty | MIT Media Lab • mit
March 25, 2020 ~8 min

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How to deflect an asteroid

MIT engineers devise a decision map to identify the best mission type to deflect an incoming asteroid.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 18, 2020 ~8 min

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Study reveals details of “golf ball asteroid”

A tilted orbit may explain the asteroid Pallas’ highly cratered surface.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 10, 2020 ~8 min

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Scientists pin down timing of lunar dynamo’s demise

Findings suggest the moon’s magnetic field was produced by the fallout of a crystallizing iron core.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 1, 2020 ~7 min

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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 • mit
Dec. 23, 2019 ~6 min

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