July 24, 2019
Writing for Astronomy, Korey Haynes features Saydean Zeldin’s work at the MIT Instrumentation Lab designing software that allowed the Apollo astronauts to control the spacecraft engines. Haynes notes that Zeldin has had “a major hand in the way technology works today.”
Forbes contributor Joe McKendrick spotlights a new report from the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future, which examines the impact of AI on the workforce. “To achieve the optimum balance between AI and human initiative, the MIT team urges organizations to ‘redesign workflow and rethink the division of tasks between workers and machines.’”
Fast Company reporter Mark Wilson writes that a collaboration between CAST artist-in-residence Diemut Strebe and Prof. Brian Wardle led to the creation of the blackest material ever made. “It’s pretty interesting that the artist in my group influenced the science,” says Wardle. “Without that collaboration, we wouldn’t have looked.”
In a scientific development inspired by art, MIT researchers have developed the blackest material ever created using carbon nanotubes, reports Hannah Osborne for Newsweek. “The ultra-dark material could have practical applications in telescopes, helping to reduce glare while looking out into space,” writes Osborne.
Motherboard reporter Becky Ferreira writes about how MIT researchers have created the darkest material ever developed using carbon nanotubes. “This is a proper unexpected scientific discovery," explains Prof. Brian Wardle. "I think a much blacker material can be engineered given things like morphology of the carbon nanotubes that we know how to control."
Boston Globe reporter Maria Lovato writes that MIT researchers have detected the ringing of an infant black hole, allowing them to calculate the black hole’s mass and spin. “This is very exciting; we’re going to be learning all types of things,” explains postdoctoral fellow Maximiliano Isi. “It’s a good time to be a gravitational scientist.”