The uncertain role of natural gas in the transition to clean energy

MIT study finds that challenges in measuring and mitigating leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, prove pivotal.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Dec. 16, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: idss research solar energy renewable-energy alternative-energy climate-change technology-and-society oil-and-gas economics policy mit-energy-initiative emissions sustainability esi greenhouse-gases




System prevents speedy drones from crashing in unfamiliar areas

Drones can fly at high speeds to a destination while keeping safe “backup” plans if things go awry.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Oct. 25, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering school-of-engineering computer-science-and-technology algorithms autonomous-vehicles drones robots robotics computer-vision technology-and-society


Using math to blend musical notes seamlessly

Algorithm enables one audio signal to glide into another, recreating the “portamento” effect of some musical instruments.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office | Sept. 27, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology algorithms music arts technology-and-society computer-science-and-artificial-intelligence-laboratory-csail electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering


MIT engineers develop “blackest black” material to date

Made from carbon nanotubes, the new coating is 10 times darker than other very black materials.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Sept. 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering arts carbon-nanotubes exhibits research school-of-engineering visual-arts mit-center-for-art science-technology-cast technology-and-society

How “information gerrymandering” influences voters

Study analyzes how networks can distort voters’ perceptions and change election results.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office | Sept. 4, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: politics voting-and-elections behavioral-economics game-theory networks research social-media technology-and-society film-and-television government political-science sloan-school-of-management

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