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

Air travel in academia

Media Lab designs a pilot carbon-offsets program.

MIT Media Lab | Aug. 7, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: media-lab school-of-architecture-and-planning environment emissions carbon greenhouse-gases transportation community pollution research


Tuna are spawning in marine protected areas

Despite being highly migratory, tuna may benefit from ocean sanctuaries, study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 24, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: eaps environment oceanography-and-ocean-engineering research school-of-science

IDSS hosts inaugural Learning for Dynamics and Control conference

L4DC explored an emerging scientific area at the intersection of real-time physical data, machine learning, control theory, and optimization.

Scott Murray | Institute for Data, Systems, and Society | July 10, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: institute-for-data systems and-society civil-and-environmental-engineering laboratory-for-information-and-decision-systems-lids electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs school-of-engineering machine-learning special-events-and-guest-speakers data research robotics transportation autonomous-vehicles

Pathways to a low-carbon China

Study projects a key role for carbon capture and storage.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | July 8, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change mit-energy-initiative climate-change alternative-energy energy environment economics greenhouse-gases carbon-dioxide research policy emissions china technology-and-society

Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction

Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences, study finds.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | July 8, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

Tags: carbon climate climate-change eaps earth-and-atmospheric-science emissions environment geology global-warming greenhouse-gases mathematics research school-of-science nasa national-science-foundation-nsf

Translating proteins into music, and back

By turning molecular structures into sounds, researchers gain insight into protein structures and create new variations.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | June 26, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology proteins civil-and-environmental-engineering school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih artificial-intelligence machine-learning music apps arts technology-and-society

Researchers solve mystery of how gas bubbles form in liquid

Findings show how to make confined bubbles develop uniformly, instead of in their usual scattershot way.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | June 17, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research physics fluid-dynamics civil-and-environmental-engineering eaps mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science

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