An MIT-led search for axions from nearby star Betelgeuse (pictured here) came up empty, significantly narrowing the search for hypothetical dark matter particle. Credit: Collage by MIT News. Betelgeuse image courtesy of ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/E. O’Gorman/P. Kervella Search for Axions From Nearby Star Betelgeuse Comes Up Empty Results significantly narrow the […]

Engineers have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mix of bacteria and yeast similar to the “kombucha mother” used to ferment tea. Credit: Chenfu Hsing A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions. Engineers […]

Coral reefs, such as Los Jardines de la Reina, pictured, have microbes that may help protect the coral against certain nutrient imbalances. Credit: Robert Walker The bacteria scrub out nitrogen, potentially defending against certain nutrient overloads. Corals have evolved over millennia to live, and even thrive, in waters with few […]

This InEnTec plant in Oregon will receive feedstock materials, such as medical and industrial waste, and — using InEnTec’s plasma gasification process — will convert them into high-purity hydrogen for use in industry and fuel cell vehicles. Credit: Jeffrey E. Surma/InEnTec Climate goals expand impact of MIT waste-processing spinoff that capitalizes on […]

During her research in Belize, Amy Moran-Thomas noted that some with diabetes, when talking of the diabetes epidemic, would invoke Hurricane Hattie (which ravaged their country in 1961) as a metaphor for slow health changes that can suddenly erupt into a full-blown crisis. “In many ways,” she says, “the chronic […]

Raised in Ontario, Canada, Sara Seager holds dual U.S. and Canadian citizenship, as well as academic appointments in MIT’s departments of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences; Physics; and Aeronautics and Astronautics. Credit: Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Pioneer in exoplanet research helped transform the burgeoning field […]

: MIT researchers have found that an alloy material called InGaAs could be suitable for high-performance computer transistors. If operated at high-frequencies, InGaAs transistors could one day rival silicon. This image shows a solid state memory wafer traditionally made of silicon. Credit: MIT Once deemed suitable only for high-speed communication […]

Atoms are trapped in an optical cavity composed of two mirrors. When a “squeezing” laser is set through the cavity, the atoms are entangled, and their frequency is measured with a second laser, as a platform for more precise atomic clocks. Credit: courtesy of the researchers The new atomic clock […]