Researchers have found a way to reduce earthquakes triggered by wastewater injection following oil and gas processes such as drilling and fracking. Credit: MIT Applied in the field, a new model reduced quakes from oil and gas processes; could help manage seismic events from carbon sequestration. When humans pump large […]

ANIMATION Radioactive molecules are sensitive to subtle nuclear phenomena and might help physicists probe the violation of the most fundamental symmetries of nature. Imagine a dust particle in a storm cloud, and you can get an idea of a neutron’s insignificance compared to the magnitude of the molecule it inhabits. […]

An artist’s impression of two black holes about to collide and merge. Study offers evidence, based on gravitational waves, to show that the total area of a black hole’s event horizon can never decrease. There are certain rules that even the most extreme objects in the universe must obey. A […]

Engineers at MIT, Caltech, and ETH Zürich find “nanoarchitected” materials designed from precisely patterned nanoscale structures (pictured) may be a promising route to lightweight armor, protective coatings, blast shields, and other impact-resistant materials. Credit: Courtesy of the researchers The new carbon-based material could be a basis for lighter, tougher alternatives […]

MIT scientists have cooled a 10-kilogram object to a near standstill, using LIGO’s precise measurements of its 40-kilogram mirrors. Shown here are LIGO optics technicians examining one of LIGO’s mirrors. Credit: Caltech/MIT/LIGO Lab The results open possibilities for studying gravity’s effects on relatively large objects in quantum states. To the […]

The large radio telescope CHIME, pictured here, has detected more than 500 mysterious fast radio bursts in its first year of operation, MIT researchers report. Credit: CHIME Collaboration Observations in its first year of operation quadruple the number of known radio bursts and reveal two types: one-offs and repeaters. To […]

Boston Micro Fabrication’s machines use a technology co-developed by MIT Professor Nicholas Fang to print millimeter-sized products with details at the micron scale. Credit: courtesy of BMF Technologies Professor Nicholas Fang’s startup Boston Micro Fabrication uses a novel light-focusing method to make ultraprecise printers. Whether it’s computer chips, smartphone components, […]

Credit: Image courtesy of Everactive Benton Calhoun SM ’02 PhD ’06 and David Wentzloff SM ’02 PhD ’07 are co-founders of Everactive, which uses wireless sensing to provide continuous remote monitoring for the industrial internet of things. When Ben Calhoun and Dave Wentzloff co-founded Everactive in 2012, analysts and tech […]