MIT Stories

  • MIT, MIT EAPS | September 10, 2013

    Classroom Earth – DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate 2013

    Through a hands on exploration of the fluid dynamics underpinning weather and climate, via plumetting watermelons, to the meteorologically marvellous peak of Mount Washington, with geology, ecology and astronomy: DEAPS Extreme Weather and Climate has f...
  • MITgcm News | September 9, 2013

    Slip Sliding Away…

    Dan Goldberg has been working with longtime MITgcmer Patrick Heimbach, looking at new ways to assimilate observations into glaciological flow models capable of representing fast streaming ice flow.
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | September 4, 2013

    Will the new global mercury treaty be effective?

    MIT researcher Noelle Selin assesses the challenges of implementing the first global mercury treaty.
  • MIT News | August 30, 2013

    How to get fresh water out of thin air

    In some of this planet’s driest regions, where rainfall is rare or even nonexistent, a few specialized plants and insects have devised ingenious strategies to provide themselves with the water necessary for life: They pull it right out of the air, fr...
  • MIT News | August 19, 2013

    Large-scale irrigation

    This article appears in the Spring 2013 issue of Energy Futures, the magazine of the MIT Energy Initiative. Subscribe today. Overview An MIT team is providing new understanding of the growing interconnections among three critical resources: energy, wat...
  • MIT News | August 19, 2013

    MIT alum receives Navy award

    Rear Adm. Thomas J. Eccles NE, SM ’90 was recently recognized with the 2012 Rear Admiral Wayne E. Meyer Memorial Award from the United States Department of the Navy as part of its Acquisition Excellence Awards. He was awarded this honor for “superb...
  • MIT Sea Grant | August 15, 2013

    Rapid Assessment Surveys keep score on marine species. Brown Bag Seminar with Judith Pederson, MIT Sea Grant Advisory Leader

    Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm Location: MIT E38-300 Bring your lunch and learn about rapid assessment surveys of marine species in our coastal waters, and on floating docks and outcroppings. Preliminary findings from the Au...
  • MIT News | August 14, 2013

    Ocean engineering students set stage for a smarter fleet

    The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class of destroyers consists of 62 active vessels that collectively carry 20,000 personnel and burn 4.4 million barrels of fuel each year. Since the first hull was commissioned in 1991, there have been two major...
  • MIT Sea Grant | August 8, 2013

    Water Quality – A Stakeholder Science Forum

    Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Time: 10:00 - 12:30 pm Room: E38-300 (292 Main St., Cambridge) Open to the public. Each speaker presents their scientific findings, then answers questions from the audience. Please join us in the E38-300 conference ...
  • MITgcm News | August 7, 2013

    Looping the loop in the Gulf of Mexico

    This month we focus on several recent papers that have used MITgcm and its adjoint to perform state estimates and explore its ocean forecasting capabilities in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Featured Stories, MIT - The Darwin Project | August 1, 2013

    A Ride on the 800,000-Year Roller Coaster

    Related topics | Microbial Ecology | Biogeochemical Cycles
  • MIT News | July 29, 2013

    Chisholm awarded the Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology

    The government of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain, has announced that Sallie (Penny) Chisholm has been selected to receive this year’s Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology. The prize, named for a distinguished Catalonian scientist and founding...
  • MIT News | July 29, 2013

    Winners and losers in a warming ocean

    Phytoplankton — small plant-like organisms that serve as the base of the marine ecosystem — play a crucial role in maintaining the health of our oceans by consuming carbon dioxide and fueling the food web. But with a changing climate, which of thes...
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | July 24, 2013

    On the potential role of marine calcifiers in glacial-interglacial dynamics

    A schematic overview of the sequence of events throughout a calcifer-alkalinity cycle Ice-core measurements reveal a highly asymmetric cycle in Antarctic temperature and atmospheric CO2 over the last 800,000 years. Both CO2 and temperature decrease over 100,000 years going into a glacial period, then rise steeply over less than 10,000 years at the end of a glacial. There … Continue reading On the potential role of marine calcifiers in glacial-interglacial dynamics
  • MIT News | July 16, 2013

    Finding the keys to boiling heat transfer

    A team of MIT researchers has succeeded in carrying out the first systematic investigation of the factors that control boiling heat transfer from a surface to a liquid. This process is crucial to the efficiency of power plants and the cooling of high-p...
  • MIT News | July 15, 2013

    Phytoplankton social mixers

    Tiny ocean plants, or phytoplankton, were long thought to be passive drifters in the sea — unable to defy even the weakest currents, or travel by their own volition. In recent decades, research has shown that many species of these unicellular microor...
  • MIT Sea Grant | July 11, 2013


    The challenge this year involves the design and construction of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), modeled after the Sea Perch. The students receive special instruction from MIT Sea Grant staff and guest lecturers, who impart vital information on all a...
  • MIT, MIT EAPS | July 8, 2013

    Bigger Storms Ahead

    With global warming, a study by Kerry Emanuel finds, tropical cyclones may become more frequent and intense.
  • MIT News | July 7, 2013

    Buckling up to turn

    Bacteria swim by rotating the helical, hairlike flagella that extend from their unicellular bodies. Some bacteria, including the Escherichia coli (E. coli) living in the human gut, have multiple flagella that rotate as a bundle to move the cell forward...
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