Physicists design an experiment to pin down the origin of the elements

With help from next-generation particle accelerators, the approach may nail down the rate of oxygen production in the universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 20, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: black-holes center-for-theoretical-physics laboratory-for-nuclear-science nuclear-science-and-engineering physics research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere

Study reports on search for an atmosphere around a planet somewhat similar to ours.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute nasa planetary-science research satellites school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science stars

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 | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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

TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate “sub-Neptune”

Planetary system orbiting an unusually quiet star is ideal for future habitability searches.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 29, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: tess astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute nasa planetary-science research satellites school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science stars

Biologists and mathematicians team up to explore tissue folding

An algorithm developed to study the structure of galaxies helps explain a key feature of embryonic development.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 25, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research biology mathematics school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Behind the scenes of the Apollo mission at MIT

From making the lunar landings possible to interpreting the meaning of the moon rocks, the Institute was a vital part of history.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | July 18, 2019 | mit
~15 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering eaps research satellites school-of-engineering history-of-mit nasa history-of-science moon space astronomy-and-planetary-science women-in-stem school-of-science

How to detect life on Mars

Scientists from the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Genomes instrument team develop method to detect the tiniest traces of life on other planetary bodies.

Fatima Husain | EAPS | June 17, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: eaps school-of-science dna mars planetary-science space-exploration microchips biology space astronomy-and-planetary-science research

MIT, Blue Origin to cooperate on sending research experiment to the moon

MIT community input will help determine the focus of the study to be carried aboard Blue Moon lander.

Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics | May 10, 2019 | mit
~2 mins   

Tags: space astronomy-and-planetary-science aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering school-of-engineering planetary-science research moon

Explosions of universe’s first stars spewed powerful jets

Instead of ballooning into spheres, as once thought, early supernovae ejected jets that may have seeded new stars.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | May 8, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: astronomy astrophysics kavli-institute physics research school-of-science space space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Tissue chip headed to International Space Station for osteoarthritis study

Successfully launched project aims to understand why some injuries result in develop post-traumatic osteoarthritis while others heal and recover.

Daniel J. Darling | Department of Biological Engineering | May 7, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: biological-engineering school-of-engineering tissue-engineering nasa space astronomy-and-planetary-science research health medicine

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