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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nobel Prize and Neutron Stars

    On October 3, 2017, Rainer Weiss PhD ’62, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017. Weiss, Kip S. Thorne, professor emeritus of theoretical physics at Caltech, and Barry C. Barish, professor emeritus of physics at Caltech were honored for their “decisive c...

  • Face Time

    As a developmental biologist, I study how a single cell becomes a complete animal — how nature makes something from almost nothing. The growth of an embryo seems mysterious because new tissues and intricate body parts arise from what previously seemed to be an inert lump of cells. Like origami,...

  • Unintended Consequences

    The goals of basic experimental research — including developing new techniques, discovering new phenomena, and testing theoretical ideas — are generally motivated more by curiosity than possible application, said David Pritchard.

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  • Restoring Aging Brains
    Today, an estimated 46 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. That number is expected to double every 20 years as life expectancy rises and populations age. Currently, there are no effective therapies and the economic burden of Alzheimer’s d...
  • From Greenhouse Gas to Green Fuel
    While nature’s processes of photosynthesis and respiration allow for CO2 to be utilized in a cyclic and sustainable way, society has yet to find a scalable carbon cycle to do the same. I decided to pursue a PhD in chemistry because, in my undergraduate studies, I learned that both a molecular...
  • Exoplanets and the Search for Habitable Worlds
    For thousands of years people have wondered, “Are there planets like Earth?” “Are they common?” “Do any have signs of life?” 
     
    Today astronomers are poised to answer these ancient questions. We have found thousands of planets that orbit nearby Sun-like...
  • Exploring How Our Environment Shapes Learning
    When I was in college I noticed that many of my friends were taking “science for non-majors” classes. These classes were notorious for being easy and I couldn’t understand why these very bright people, who loved theorizing with me about evolution and space, had decided to settle for less ...
  • 100 Years of Gravitational Waves: Observation of a Binary Black Hole Collision

    Last year the world celebrated the centennial of Einstein’s formulation of General Relativity. It was a bold new concept of gravitation which replaced Newton’s gravitation by a geometric theory in which matter distorts the geometry of space-time and the geometry te...

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