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

Watching electrons using extreme ultraviolet light

MIT researchers have developed a new technique to reveal the uncharted dynamics of electrons in materials.

Materials Research Laboratory | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: materials-research-laboratory physics school-of-science research department-of-energy-doe materials-science-and-engineering

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

Boosting computing power for the future of particle physics

Prototype machine-learning technology co-developed by MIT scientists speeds processing by up to 175 times over traditional methods.

Laboratory for Nuclear Science | Aug. 19, 2019 | mit
~3 mins   

Tags: laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics school-of-science machine-learning computer-science-and-technology artificial-intelligence particles research

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

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

New insights into bismuth’s character

Theorists at MIT and collaborators uncover hidden topological insulator states in bismuth crystals.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory | Aug. 6, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: materials-research-laboratory research materials-science-and-engineering physics school-of-science

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

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   

Tags: data center-for-theoretical-physics laboratory-for-nuclear-science physics research school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

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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