Earth and atmospheric sciences
3 Questions: John Marshall on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
May 31, 2010An MIT oceanographer discusses why ‘we have never had a spill like this’ — and what that means for cleanup efforts.
March 11, 2010MIT analysis suggests generating electricity from large-scale wind farms could influence climate — and not necessarily in the desired way.
Hurricanes’ effects on ocean temperature revisited
March 4, 2010Mixing of ocean layers by tropical cyclones may have less effect on climate than previously thought, new research reveals.
3 Questions: Bradford Hager on Haiti’s coming quakes
January 28, 2010The MIT geophysicist expects more earthquakes could hit the region relatively soon.
Figuring out where to put the carbon
January 11, 2010If we plan to keep using fossil fuels, we need to figure out how to sequester the resulting carbon dioxide. New tools from MIT could help evaluate where to do it — and how to keep it contained.
3 questions: Ben Weiss discusses what a wet moon might mean
September 29, 2009The planetary scientist explores the implications of the recent discovery of water on the lunar surface.
Oddball stars explained
September 16, 2009New observations solve longstanding mystery of tipped rotation. In addition to shedding light on how binary stars form, the explanation knocks down a possible challenge to Einstein's theory of relativity.
Echoes of the birth of the universe
August 20, 2009Results of cosmic analysis set new limits on gravitational waves that could have come from the Big Bang, and begin to constrain current theories about universe formation
Taking space in stride
August 13, 2009New analysis could lead to better lunar, Mars spacesuits
Jupiter, solar system's 'big bully,' takes a punch
July 30, 2009Apparent strike by comet highlights planet's benefit to Earth, MIT professor says
Also labeled: Space, astronomy and planetary science