Fiber optics couple laser light directly into the ion-trap chip. When in use, the chip is cooled to cryogenic temperatures in a vacuum chamber, and waveguides on the chip deliver the light to an ion trapped right above the chip’s surface for performing quantum computation. Credit: Image courtesy of the […]

Artist’s impression of a magnetar in outburst, showing complex magnetic field structure and beamed emission, here imagined as following a crust cracking episode. Credit: McGill University Graphic Design Team The fast radio bursts are likely generated by a magnetar, the most magnetic type of star in the universe. Fast radio […]

MIT researchers have built a battery-free pinpointing system dubbed Underwater Backscatter Localization (UBL). This photo shows the battery-free sensor encapsulated in a polymer before it is dipped into the Charles river. Credit: Reza Ghaffarivardavagh New approach could spark an era of battery-free ocean exploration, with applications ranging from marine conservation […]

“As we age, it’s harder to have a get-up-and-go attitude toward things,” says study author Ann Graybiel. Credit: Christine Daniloff, MIT Research on mice suggests aging affects a brain circuit critical for learning to make some types of decisions. As people age, they often lose their motivation to learn new […]

In developing a system to help decipher lost languages, MIT researchers studied the language of Ugaritic, which is related to Hebrew and has previously been analyzed and deciphered by linguists. Credit: S.R.K. Branavan System developed at MIT CSAIL aims to help linguists decipher languages that have been lost to history. Recent research […]

The prevailing theory has been that sea ice can act as a lid to keep carbon in the ocean from escaping back to the atmosphere. However, researchers at MIT have now identified a counteracting effect that suggests Antarctic sea ice may not be as powerful a control on the global […]

Rendering of SPARC, a compact, high-field, DT burning tokamak, currently under design by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Commonwealth Fusion Systems. It’s mission is to create and confine a plasma that produces net fusion energy. Credit: CFS/MIT-PSFC — CAD Rendering by T. Henderson Seven studies describe […]

MIT professor Sinan Aral’s new book, “The Hype Machine,” examines the dynamics of social media and suggests new ways to prevent online information from exacerbating falsehood, polarization, and social tension. MIT Professor Sinan Aral’s new book, “The Hype Machine,” explores the perils and promise of social media in a time of […]

This composite image shows a SOHO image of the Sun and an artist’s impression of Earth’s magnetosphere. Power grid failures, massive blackouts, widespread damage to the satellites that enable GPS and telecommunication — space plasma phenomena like coronal mass ejections cause geomagnetic storms that interact with Earth’s atmosphere, wreaking havoc […]