Powering cube satellites
February 3, 2010An electric propulsion technology for miniature satellites aims to give them more mobility — and may eventually allow them to take on deep-space missions.
Levitating magnet brings space physics to fusion
January 25, 2010Tests on a machine that mimics a planet’s magnetic field show that it may offer an ‘alternative path’ to taming nuclear fusion for power generation.
Jacqueline Hewitt reappointed Kavli Institute director
January 22, 2010
Team predicts satellite could locate hundreds of Earth-sized planets
January 12, 2010Researchers say proposed satellite could represent astronomy’s ‘next big leap’ — one that may help find signs of life elsewhere in the universe.
Awards & Honors: Dec. 18, 2009
December 18, 2009
‘Micro-ants’: Tiny conveyor belts for the 21st century
December 15, 2009A new method of moving tiny particles using magnetic polymer beads and magnetic fields could find uses in microchips and in medicine
The Art of Science Television
November 4, 2009
Porkolab to receive Maxwell Prize
October 23, 2009Prof. Miklos Porkolab will receive the Maxwell Prize for Plasma Physics on November 4, during a meeting of the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics.
3 Questions: Steven Nahn on the elusive Higgs boson
October 18, 2009Troubles at the Large Hadron Collider have led some physicists to suggest the Higgs boson is sabotaging its own discovery. Nahn explains why he disagrees.
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Fuel cells get a boost
October 14, 2009Creating tiny steps to electrode surfaces can double the efficiency of the emissions-free electricity sources, MIT researchers find.
Quantum computing may actually be useful
October 8, 2009A quantum algorithm that solves systems of linear equations could point in a promising new direction.
Magnetism observed in a gas for the first time
September 17, 2009Led by Wolfgang Ketterle and David E. Pritchard, MIT physicists shed new light on magnetism in experiment with ultracold atoms
The hunt for dark matter
September 16, 2009MIT physicists are working on new detectors that may, at last, help them find the elusive particles thought to constitute up to a quarter of the universe.
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
Physics tackles a complex problem: how to diversifySubscribe
April 30, 2009