MIT study explores how solar geoengineering would alter the climate

One of the proposed ways to counter the effects of global warming is by using atmospheric aerosols to reflect heat away from the Earth, and a great deal of research is going into not just how this might work, but whether or not it is a good idea. A new… Continue reading MIT study explores how solar geoengineering would alter the climate

MIT’s search and rescue algorithm could quickly find those lost at sea

The MIT team set out to develop an improved method for tracking lost objects at sea by focusing on what it refers to as hidden “traps

The ocean can be a ferociously wild place, which makes locating lost people and objects a tall order for first responders. Researchers at MIT have developed a new algorithm that takes stock of ocean conditions to determine in real-time where these missing items and people are likely to appear, which could give the efficiency of search and rescue operations a big boost.

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Plankton-seeking oceanographic probe plunges to the inky depths

As everyone knows, marine life near the surface of the ocean is much different than that which lives in the deeps. In order to get a better understanding of how those regions differ, scientists have created a biological probe that free-falls through th… Continue reading Plankton-seeking oceanographic probe plunges to the inky depths

Open Agriculture Initiative Shuttered Amid Scandal

The MIT Media Lab’s Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg) promised to revolutionize urban farming with their Food Computers: essentially miniature automated gardens that could be installed in racks to maximize growing space. Each unit would be provided with a “Recipe” that allowed it to maintain the ideal environmental conditions for the …read more

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DNA-repairing enzyme reverses age-related cognitive decline

Researchers have shown that an enzyme called HDAC1 helps repair DNA damage and fight off age-related cognitive decline

DNA damage is common to our cells, but when we’re young our bodies can fix it pretty easily. Unfortunately we lose that ability over time, leading to many of the symptoms of aging that we know all too well. A new study from MIT has found that reactivating a certain enzyme improves repair of DNA damage in neurons, which helps Alzheimer’s patients and others with cognitive decline.

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Original Zork MDL Source Code Has Been Released

Though mostly known for its releases on countless 8-bit personal computers from the 1970s and 1980s, the game of Zork began its life on a PDP-10 mainframe. Recently, MIT released the original source code for this version of Zork. As we covered a while ago, the history of Zork is …read more

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“Quantum radar” uses entangled photons to detect objects

The weird world of quantum physics is being harnessed for some fascinating use cases. In the latest example, physicists have developed and demonstrated a “quantum radar” prototype that uses the quantum entanglement phenomenon to detect objects, a syste… Continue reading “Quantum radar” uses entangled photons to detect objects

Twisted graphene gets weirder at a “magic angle”

They don’t call graphene a “wonder material” for nothing – it’s ultra-thin, ultra-strong, and has some weird electrical properties. MIT researchers previously found a particularly strange pattern emerged in “twisted” graphene structures, and now they’v… Continue reading Twisted graphene gets weirder at a “magic angle”