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   

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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   

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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   

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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   

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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   

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3 Questions: Salvatore Vitale on LIGO’s latest detections

“We will keep listening for these faint and remote cosmic whispers,” says the physics professor.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups

Findings reported just weeks into the network’s latest operating run. (Press release)

MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Quantum measurement could improve gravitational wave detection sensitivity

Research could enable a new suite of experiments to measure quantum activity at room temperature.

Brittany Flaherty | School of Science | May 1, 2019 | mit
~10 mins   

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TESS discovers its first Earth-sized planet

Orbiting a nearby star, the new planet is the smallest identified so far by the TESS mission.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | April 16, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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