Data-mining for dark matter

Tracy Slatyer hunts through astrophysical data for clues to the invisible universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 15, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics data center-for-theoretical-physics faculty laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics research school-of-science diversity-and-inclusion


Finding the brain’s compass

A powerful method has allowed McGovern researchers to discover how the brain represents the complex world in simple shapes.

Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: mcgovern-institute brain-and-cognitive-sciences school-of-science research neuroscience

Tissue model reveals role of blood-brain barrier in Alzheimer’s

Study finds that Alzheimer’s damage allows toxins to enter the brain, further harming neurons.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biological-engineering mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering medicine health-sciences-and-technology alzheimers disease

New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance

Novel class of “ionic liquids” may store more energy than conventional electrolytes — with less risk of catching fire.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering energy-storage renewable-energy batteries mit-energy-initiative

A single-photon source you can make at home

Shining light through household bleach creates fluorescent quantum defects in carbon nanotubes for quantum computing and biomedical imaging.

Daniel Darling | Department of Biological Engineering | Aug. 9, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: quantum-computing biological-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology carbon-nanotubes cancer medicine

An emerging view of RNA transcription and splicing

Whitehead Institute scientists find chemical modification contributes to trafficking between non-membrane-bound compartments that control gene expression.

Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute | Aug. 9, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: whitehead-institute biology school-of-science genetics research rna dna

Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture

New system could free bench chemists from time-consuming tasks, may help inspire new molecules.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry chemical-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering drug-development artificial-intelligence pharmaceuticals defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa


Using recent gene flow to define microbe populations

New method identifies ecologically and medically relevant bacteria groups.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering microbes bacteria evolution national-science-foundation-nsf

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