System provides cooling with no electricity

Passive device relies on a layer of material that blocks incoming sunlight but lets heat radiate away. David Chandler | MIT News OfficeOctober 30, 2019 Imagine a device that can sit outside under blazing sunlight on a clear day, and without using any power cool things down by more than 23 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees […]

Unique properties of quantum material explained for first time

This new understanding of the topological material will make it easier for engineers to use it in new applications. OCTOBER 23, 2019 by Steve Tally, Purdue University The characteristics of a new, iron-containing type of material that is thought to have future applications in nanotechnology and spintronics have been determined at Purdue University. The native material, […]

MADMEC teams address plastic waste problem with materials science

Finalists presented an alternative to nondegradable plastics, and an additive to help plastics decompose. Zach Winn | MIT News OfficeOctober 17, 2019 A team with a sustainable alternative to nondegradable plastic earned first place in this year’s MADMEC competition on Oct. 15. The ecoTrio team, made up of three MIT PhD students, took home the […]

Honeybees can count and do math

OCTOBER 10, 2019 Honeybees were very cooperative, especially when I was providing sugar rewards! by The Company of Biologists Start thinking about numbers and they can become large very quickly. The diameter of the universe is about 8.8×1023 km and the largest known number—googolplex, 1010100—outranks it enormously. Although that colossal concept was dreamt up by brilliant mathematicians, […]

Oobleck’s weird behavior is now predictable

MIT engineers develop a model that predicts how the cornstarch-water mixture turns from liquid to solid, and back again. Jennifer Chu | MIT News OfficeOctober 5, 2019 It’s a phenomenon many preschoolers know well: When you mix cornstarch and water, weird things happen. Swish it gently in a bowl, and the mixture sloshes around like […]