Category Archives: Research News

Gas insulation could be protecting an ocean inside Pluto

A gassy insulating layer beneath the icy surfaces of distant celestial objects could mean there are more oceans in the universe than previously thought

Scientists get to the bottom of a ‘spitting’ black hole

Data from ESA’s Integral high-energy observatory have helped shed light on the workings of a mysterious black hole found spitting out ‘bullets’ of plasma while rotating through space.

NASA’s InSight Lander Captures Audio of First Likely ‘Quake’ on Mars

The new seismic event was too small to provide solid data on the Martian interior, which is one of InSight’s main objectives.

How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

Like the earlier surfaces they developed, which led to the creation of a spinoff company called LiquiGlide, the new surfaces are based on a combination of a specially textured surface and a liquid lubricant that coats the surface and remains trapped in place through capillary action and other intermolecular forces associated with such interfaces. The new paper explains the fundamental design principles that can achieve almost 100 percent friction reduction for these gel-like fluids.

Proteins stand up to nerve cell regression

Fruit fly studies reveal proteins that promote healthy nervous system development by preventing the reversal of nerve cell differentiation.

New concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks

The new concept was developed by MIT Energy Initiative and Plasma Fusion and Science Center research scientist Daniel Cohn and principal research engineer Leslie Bromberg, who are presenting it at the annual SAE International conference on April 11.