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

Lowering emissions without breaking the bank

New research provides a look at how India could meet its climate targets while maintaining economic growth

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | July 31, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

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Seeking new physics, scientists borrow from social networks

Technique can spot anomalous particle smashups that may point to phenomena beyond the Standard Model.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 25, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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Getting more heat out of sunlight

Material developed at MIT can passively capture solar heat for home heating or industrial applications.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | July 1, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering research department-of-energy-doe materials-science-and-engineering renewable-energy

A new way to make droplets bounce away

Engineers design surfaces that send rain flying away, potentially preventing icing or soaking.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | June 27, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering manufacturing school-of-engineering surface-engineering department-of-energy-doe deshpande-center

Manipulating atoms one at a time with an electron beam

New method could be useful for building quantum sensors and computers.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | May 17, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: research nuclear-science-and-engineering carbon graphene school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe

New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency

A slippery surface for liquids with very low surface tension promotes droplet formation, facilitating heat transfer.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | May 15, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering chemical-engineering manufacturing school-of-engineering surface-engineering department-of-energy-doe mit-energy-initiative

Thermodynamic insights could lead to better catalysts

Experiments and analyses show how electrons and protons get together on an electrode surface.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | May 2, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research chemistry carbon graphene renewable-energy energy materials-science-and-engineering school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-institutes-of-health-nih

New polymer films conduct heat instead of trapping it

Material may replace many metals as lightweight, flexible heat dissipators in cars, refrigerators, and electronics.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | April 29, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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