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MIT Stories

  • MIT, MIT EAPS | March 7, 2014

    Measuring the Migration of a River

    Researchers in Taylor Perron's group at MIT and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) have developed a mapping technique that measures how much a river network is changing, and in what direction it may be moving. Their results are publ...
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | March 5, 2014

    3D Maps Reveal a Lead-Laced Ocean

    About 1000 meters down in a remote part of the Atlantic Ocean sits an unusual legacy of humanity’s love affair with the automobile. It’s a huge mass of seawater infused with traces of the toxic metal lead, a pollutant once widely emitted by cars bu...
  • MIT Sea Grant | March 2, 2014

    MIT Sea Grant College Program pulls off the 17th Blue Lobster Bowl at MIT!

    MIT Sea Grant College Program organized and hosted the 17th annual Blue Lobster Bowl at MIT on March 1, 2014. This year's tournament included 120 students from 15 Massachusetts high schools and was free and open to the public. Teams of students were ...
  • MIT News | February 23, 2014

    Researchers find that going with the flow makes bacteria stick

    In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine ecosystems, a...
  • MIT News | February 20, 2014

    New sensor detects contaminants in water in real time

    Researchers from MIT and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM) have developed a low-cost, compact, multiplatform-compatible sensor that provides a holistic solution for mon...
  • MIT News | February 13, 2014

    A brighter future for filtered seawater

    The challenge of dwindling fresh-water supplies looms ever larger as droughts become more common and population increases. To combat this challenge, MIT researchers evaluate the potential for cheaper, smaller, and faster desalination plants in a new st...
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | February 3, 2014

    Weathering the 2014 IAP

    It’s been a bone-chilling two weeks here in Cambridge during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP), and thanks to Course 12.310 ‘An Introduction to Weather Forecasting,’ twenty new amateur forecasters can tell you that the northwest winds b...
  • MIT Sea Grant | January 27, 2014

    Funding Opportunity: NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program

    The Federal Funding Opportunity has been announced for the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program 2014 competition. Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-OAR-SG-2014-2003987; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 11.417, Sea Grant S...
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | January 23, 2014

    Reading Ocean Waves to Predict Ground Shaking in Earthquakes

    Seismologist Germán Prieto and co-authors show a rupture of the San Andreas Fault could generate three times more shaking in Los Angeles than surrounding regions.
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | January 22, 2014

    When Science, Politics and Environmental Policy Meet

    What’s the difference between climate change, the Northern spotted owl, and acid rain? 
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | January 17, 2014

    MITx Course injects Science into the Global Warming Debate

    12.340x (Global Warming Science) focuses on teaching students academic rigor, not rhetoric. Learn about the new online course from co-teacher Kerry Emanuel.
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | January 14, 2014

    EAPS Goes to AGU 2013

    Between talks and posters, researchers from MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences contributed to over one hundred presentations at the 2013 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting this past December.
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | January 9, 2014

    Ahoy! First ocean vesicles spotted

    EAPS' Florence Schubotz and Roger Summons, together with researchers in the Civil and Environmental Engineering and Biology Departments, discover extracellular vesicles produced by ocean microbes. 
  • MIT News | January 9, 2014

    Predicting the future of global water stress

    Population growth and increasing social pressures on global water resources have required communities around the globe to focus on the future of water availability. Global climate change is expected to further exacerbate the demands on water-stressed r...
  • MIT News | January 8, 2014

    The ocean’s hidden waves show their power

    Their effect on the surface of the ocean is negligible, producing a rise of just inches that is virtually imperceptible on a turbulent sea. But internal waves, which are hidden entirely within the ocean, can tower hundreds of feet, with profound effect...
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | December 23, 2013

    Air pollutants in the Arctic act as global indicators

    A new study by co-authors postdoc Carey Friedman, assistant professor Noelle Selin, and others, looking at the influence of climate change on the transport of toxic chemicals, finds the success of emissions reduction will be affected by climate ch...
  • MIT News | December 13, 2013

    Water, water everywhere: But is there enough to drink?

    The challenge of supplying clean, safe drinking water to an expanding world population comes down to money, MIT economist Franklin Fisher says: We are surrounded by water — it covers 71 percent of Earth’s surface — and industrial-scale desalinati...
  • MIT News | December 12, 2013

    Homing in on stressed coral

    Coral reefs, the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world’s oceans, provide safe harbor for fish and organisms of many sizes that make homes among the branches, nooks, and crannies of the treelike coral. But reefs — even the well-protected Great Bar...
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | December 11, 2013

    For the Good of the Colony

    by Jennifer Chu for MIT News Read this story at MIT News. For some microbes, the motto for growth is not so much “every cell for itself,” but rather, “all for one and one for all.” MIT researchers have found that cells in a bacterial colony grow in a way that benefits the community as … Continue reading For the Good of the Colony
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