June 9, 2019
Bloomberg News spotlights how MIT researchers have developed a fleet of autonomous boats that can automatically latch onto one another. Bloomberg notes that the boats will be able to “transport goods and people, collect trash and assemble into floating stages and bridges.”
Prof. Joseph Formaggio speaks with Clara Moskowitz of Scientific American about how an international team of researchers (including MIT scientists) has found that a neutrino cannot weigh more than one electron volt. “Neutrinos seem to have broken our understanding of what the Standard Model was supposed to be,” says Formaggio.
Ruth Lehmann, a former member of the Whitehead Institute and faculty member at MIT, has been selected as the new head of the Whitehead Institute, reports Jonathan Saltzman for The Boston Globe. Lehmann is a “renowned biologist who is considered a world authority on the cells that give rise to sperm and egg.”
Washington Post reporter Justin Wm. Moyer highlights graduate student Ensign Christian Montgomery’s participation in the International Burn Camp, as part of an effort to support and inspire young people living with burn scars. “My scar is just something on my skin,” said Montgomery. “It’s not any deeper than that.”
MIT alumnus Cody Friesen, a professor at Arizona State University, has been awarded the Lemelson-MIT prize for his work developing long-lasting rechargeable batteries and solar panels that extract drinking water from the air, reports Max Jungreis for The Boston Globe. Friesen’s innovations “are truly improving lives,” said Lemelson Foundation Executive Director Carol Dahl.
NBC MACH reporter Denise Chow writes that researchers at MIT have created the blackest material to date using carbon nanotubes. “It was unexpected — like a proper scientific discovery,” explains Prof. Brian Wardle. “We were working on a new way to grow nanotubes, and when you make a new material, its properties may be interesting.”