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 […]

Controlling 2-D magnetism with stacking order

MIT researchers discover why magnetism in certain materials is different in atomically thin layers and their bulk forms. Denis Paiste | Materials Research LaboratorySeptember 30, 2019 Researchers led by MIT Department of Physics Professor Pablo Jarillo-Herrero last year showed that rotating layers of hexagonally structured graphene at a particular “magic angle” could change the material’s electronic properties […]

3Q: Scientists shave estimate of neutrino’s mass in half

Joseph Formaggio explains the discovery that the ghostly particle must be no more than 1 electronvolt, half as massive as previously thought. Jennifer Chu | MIT News OfficeSeptember 16, 2019 An international team of scientists, including researchers at MIT, has come closer to pinning down the mass of the elusive neutrino. These ghost-like particles permeate […]

Solving the pancake problem

Research sheds light on the transition from liquid to solid in macroscopic particles By Leah BurrowsAugust 29, 2019 Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences f you swirl a glass of wine clockwise, the wine inside will also rotate clockwise. But, if you’re making a blueberry pancake and you swirl the pan […]

Detraction-free light-matter interaction

AUGUST 23, 2019 by Julia Weiler, Ruhr-Universität Bochum An efficient light-matter interface might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. However, certain structures that are formed during the growth process interfere with the signal. Certain semiconductor structures, so-called quantum dots, might constitute the foundation of quantum communication. They are an efficient interface between matter and light, with […]