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Virgin Hyperloop First Human Ride On New High-Speed Train
Is it neuroscience? Chemistry? Art? Wulff Lecture shows versatility, diversity in materials science
Professor Polina Anikeeva’s innovation in the treatment of neurological disorders highlights the interdisciplinary nature of her field.
3 Questions: Daniel Anderson on the progress of mRNA vaccines
Following the successful development of vaccines against Covid-19, scientists hope to deploy mRNA-based therapies to combat many other diseases.
MIT students and postdocs advocate for increased federal support of scientific research on Capitol Hill
Students and postdocs from MIT's Science Policy Initiative meet with lawmakers on science-engineering-technology Congressional Visit Days 2022.
Three from MIT elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2022
Faculty members Angela Belcher, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, and Ronitt Rubinfeld elected by peers for outstanding contributions to research.
Body movement will charge your mobile phone
New study indicates limited water circulation late in the history of Mars
A research team has investigated a meteorite from Mars using neutron and X-ray tomography. The technology, which will probably be used when NASA examines samples from the Red Planet in 2030, showed that the meteorite had limited exposure to water, thus making life at that specific time and place unlikely.
Jellyfish's stinging cells hold clues to biodiversity
The cnidocytes -- or stinging cells -- that are characteristic of sea anemones, hydrae, corals and jellyfish, and make us careful of our feet while wading in the ocean, are also an excellent model for understanding the emergence of new cell types, according to new research.
Bacteria with recording function capture gut health status
Researchers have equipped gut bacteria with data logger functionality as a way of monitoring which genes are active in the bacteria. These microorganisms could one day offer a noninvasive means of diagnosing disease or assessing the impact of a diet on health.
What caused this megatooth shark's massive toothache?
Did the world's largest prehistoric shark need an orthodontist, or did it just have a bad lunch?
Unusually fast beaked whale has special deep-sea hunting strategy
Biologists have successfully used biologgers to reveal insights into the lifestyle and hunting behaviur of the little-known species Sowerby's beaked whale. The team's first results show that these dolphins have a surprisingly different, much faster lifestyle than related species.
A first: Scientists grow plants in soil from the Moon
Scientists have, for the first time, grown plants in soil from the Moon. They used soil collected during the Apollo 11, 12 and 17 missions. In their experiment, the researchers wanted to know if plants would grow in lunar soil and, if so, how the plants would respond to the unfamiliar environment, even down to the level of gene expression.
Explosion on a white dwarf observed
When stars like our Sun use up all their fuel, they shrink to form white dwarfs. Sometimes such dead stars flare back to life in a super hot explosion and produce a fireball of X-ray radiation. A research team has now been able to observe such an explosion of X-ray light for the very first time.
Algae-powered computing: Scientists create reliable and renewable biological photovoltaic cell
Researchers have used a widespread species of blue-green algae to power a microprocessor continuously for a year -- and counting -- using nothing but ambient light and water. Their system has potential as a reliable and renewable way to power small devices.
One particle on two paths: Quantum physics is right
The famous double slit experiment shows that particles can travel on two paths at the same time -- but only by looking at a lot of particles and analysing the results statistically. Now a two-path-interference experiment has been designed that only has to measure one specific particle to prove that it travelled on two paths.
Traveling to the centre of planet Uranus: Materials synthesis research and study in terapascal range
Jules Verne could not even dream of this: A research team has pushed the boundaries of high-pressure and high-temperature research into cosmic dimensions. For the first time, they have succeeded in generating and simultaneously analyzing materials under compression pressures of more than one terapascal (1,000 gigapascals). Such extremely high pressures prevail, for example, at the center of the planet Uranus; they are more than three times higher than the pressure at the center of the Earth.
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