To divide or not to divide?

Whitehead Institute team reveals molecular program that controls cells’ capacity for division. Nicole Davis | Whitehead Institute  | MIT News Cells in the body proliferate at different rates. Some divide constantly and throughout life, like the ones that line the gut. Others divide only rarely, sometimes resting for several years in a non-dividing state. Now, […]

Computing in Earth science: a non-linear path

UROP student Sonia Reilly studies the math of machine learning to improve predictions of natural disasters. Laura Carter | School of Science September 11, 2019 Machine learning is undeniably a tool that most disciplines like to have in their toolbox. However, scientists are still investigating the limits and barriers to incorporating machine learning into their research. […]

The answer to life, the universe, and everything

Mathematics researcher Drew Sutherland helps solve decades-old sum-of-three-cubes puzzle, with help from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” MIT News | Sandi Miller | Department of Mathematics September 10, 2019 A team led by Andrew Sutherland of MIT and Andrew Booker of Bristol University has solved the final piece of a famous 65-year old math puzzle […]

Hearing through the clatter

Study reveals brain regions that respond differently to the presence of background noise, suggesting the brain progressively hones in on and isolates sounds. MIT News | Sabbi Lall | McGovern Institute for Brain Research September 9, 2019 n a busy coffee shop, our eardrums are inundated with sound waves — people chatting, the clatter of cups, […]

Solving the pancake problem

Research sheds light on the transition from liquid to solid in macroscopic particles By Leah BurrowsAugust 29, 2019 Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences f you swirl a glass of wine clockwise, the wine inside will also rotate clockwise. But, if you’re making a blueberry pancake and you swirl the pan […]

Soft robotics breakthrough manages immune response for implanted devices

Discovery could enable longer-lasting and better-functioning devices — including pacemakers, breast implants, biosensors, and drug delivery devices. Institute for Medical Engineering and Science September 4, 2019 Researchers from the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) at MIT; the National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway); and AMBER, the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Materials and […]

MIT graduate student slices microwave pulses to test advanced accelerators

Julian Picard: Chopping microwaves, sharpening instincts Paul Rivenberg | MIT | Plasma Science and Fusion Center August 12, 2019 “Looking through microscopes has never been my thing,” says Julian Picard. As a graduate student in the Department of Physics, Picard works with the invisible world of particles and electromagnetic waves every day, yet he is motivated […]

Detraction-free light-matter interaction

AUGUST 23, 2019 by Julia Weiler, Ruhr-Universität Bochum An efficient light-matter interface might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. However, certain structures that are formed during the growth process interfere with the signal. Certain semiconductor structures, so-called quantum dots, might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. They are an efficient interface between matter and light, with […]

Data-mining for dark matter

Tracy Slatyer hunts through astrophysical data for clues to the invisible universe. Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office August 15, 2019 When Tracy Slatyer faced a crisis of confidence early in her educational career, Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and a certain fictional janitor at MIT helped to bolster her resolve. Slatyer was 11 […]