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MIT Stories

  • MIT News | August 15, 2011

    Forecasting pipe fractures

    A computer model that tests automobile components for crashworthiness could also be of use to the oil and gas industry, according to researchers at MIT’s Impact and Crashworthiness Laboratory, who are now using their simulations of material deformati...
  • MIT News | July 21, 2011

    Inside the innards of a nuclear reactor

    As workers continue to grapple with the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear powerplant in Japan, the crisis has shone a spotlight on nuclear reactors around the world. In June, The Associated Press released results from a yearlong investigation, revealin...
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | July 18, 2011

    The Tallest Tree in the Land

    New model predicts maximum tree height across the United States; gives information about forest density, carbon storage - image: MIT News Knowing how tall trees can grow in any given region can give ecologists a wealth of information, from the potential density of a forest and size of its tree canopy to the amount of … Continue reading The Tallest Tree in the Land
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | June 21, 2011

    Biogeographical controls on the marine nitrogen fixers

    Modeled diazotroph biomass (log10, μmolP per litre) In this study, Fanny Monteiro, Stephanie Dutkiewicz and Mick Follows, interpret the environmental controls on the global ocean diazotroph biogeography in the context of a three-dimensional global model with a self-organizing phytoplankton community. As is observed, the model’s total diazotroph population is distributed over most of the oligotrophic … Continue reading Biogeographical controls on the marine nitrogen fixers
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | June 21, 2011

    Biophysical Aspects of Resource Acquisition and Competition in Algal Mixotrophs

    Mixotrophic organisms combine autotrophic and heterotrophic nutrition and are abundant in both freshwater and marine environments Mixotrophic organisms combine autotrophic and heterotrophic nutrition and are abundant in both freshwater and marine environments. Recent observations indicate that mixotrophs constitute a large fraction of the biomass, bacterivory, and primary production in oligotrophic environments. While mixotrophy allows greater … Continue reading Biophysical Aspects of Resource Acquisition and Competition in Algal Mixotrophs
  • MIT News | June 15, 2011

    Life after Snowball Earth

    The first organisms to emerge after an ancient worldwide glaciation likely evolved hardy survival skills, arming themselves with tough exteriors to weather a frozen climate. Researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Smith College have discovered hundr...
  • MIT News | May 27, 2011

    Admiral Thad Allen explains leadership during crisis

    There are two things one can always expect in a national crisis: media and politics. Neither can be ignored, and to think otherwise is a losing move, said Admiral Thad Allen, the retired U.S. Coast Guard commandant who led the response to last year's ...
  • MIT News | March 16, 2011

    Researchers say ocean currents cause microbes to filter light

    Adding particles to liquids to make currents visible is a common practice in the study of fluid mechanics, one that was adopted and perfected by artist Paul Matisse in sculptures he calls Kalliroscopes. Matisse’s glass-enclosed liquid sculpture...
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | January 13, 2011

    Hot-Bunking’ Bacterium Recycles Iron to Boost Ocean Metabolism

    Iron Cycling Schematic - image source: WHOI News Office Iron is an essential nutrient for living things, but is scarce in the ocean. Darwin Project researchers Stephanie Dutkiewisz, Mick Follows and Fanny Monteiro, collaborating with a team from WHOI led by Mak Saito are reporting they have found that a key marine bacterium, Crocosphaera watsonii, … Continue reading Hot-Bunking’ Bacterium Recycles Iron to Boost Ocean Metabolism
  • MIT - The Darwin Project | January 12, 2011

    The Darwin Project – A Movie

    Take a look at this short student documentary by Helen Hou. The movie features MIT graduate students Andrew Barton and Sophie Clayton talking about the Darwin project.
  • MIT News | November 2, 2010

    Laws of attraction

    Scientists have sought to learn more about how the Earth’s oceans absorb carbon dioxide and generally exchange gases with the atmosphere so they can better understand the corresponding effects on climate. To that end, many researchers are turning the...
  • MIT News | October 21, 2010

    CEE’s Eric Adams receives the Ig Nobel Prize in chemistry

    Eric Adams, lecturer and senior research engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was awarded the 2010 Ig Nobel Prize in chemistry for disproving the adage that oil and water don’t mix. Adams and his co-investigators Scott S...
  • MIT Sea Grant | October 18, 2010

    Nominations Now Open for Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization
    Deadline November 12, 2010

    The MIT Sea Grant College Program announces that nominations are now open for the Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization. All non-tenured MIT faculty members from any Institute department are eligible. Department heads may submit one nomination eve...
  • MIT News | September 30, 2010

    Better prepared next time

    If the lessons of this year’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are heeded, it should be possible to drastically reduce the chances of a repeat occurrence, according to MIT faculty members and other experts who spoke on Tuesday at an MIT sympos...
  • MIT News | August 31, 2010

    The Salp: Nature’s near-perfect little engine just got better

    What if trains, planes, and automobiles all were powered simply by the air through which they move? Moreover, what if their exhaust and byproducts helped the environment?Such an energy-efficient, self-propelling mechanism already exists in nature. The ...
  • MIT News | July 15, 2010

    Facilities EHS manager helping with Gulf oil-spill relief efforts

    Ed Akerley, an environment, health and safety manager in the Department of Facilities, is a U.S. Coast Guard reservist who has been called into active duty to help with the oil-spill relief efforts. He is currently serving as the safety officer for LaF...
  • MIT News | June 1, 2010

    3 Questions: John Marshall on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

    More than a month after the tragic events that set off the largest oil spill in U.S. history, scientists and BP officials continue to disagree over the amount of oil that has escaped into the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike other oil spills that have occurred r...
  • MIT News | May 18, 2010

    MIT Sea Grant’s Sea Perch being tested at French university

    Beginning in fall 2008, the MIT Sea Grant College Program entered into a collaboration with Total Corporation in Paris to create an undergraduate course at Université Pierre at Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris that focused on MIT Sea Grant’s remote opera...
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