January 10, 2020
Research affiliate Warren “Woody” Hoburg has graduated from NASA’s basic training program and is now eligible for a spaceflight assignment, reports Ashley Strickland for CNN. The NASA graduates also included Raja Chari SM ‘01 and Jasmin Moghbeli ‘05.
In a segment for PRI’s The World, Lucy Martirosyan spotlights the work of artist Christine Sun Kim, who has a new exhibit at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and performed the national anthem in American Sign Language during this year’s Super Bowl. “I always find that the best way to communicate with a wider audience who [is] not deaf is to use a format that people can easily understand,” Kim said.
Writing for The Conversation, Prof. Steven Barrett and research scientist Sebastian Eastham delve into their research exploring how pollution crosses state lines and causes death in other states across the U.S. “Our findings reflect the need not only for ongoing investigation of U.S. cross-state air pollution, but also for federal regulation that’s strong enough to significantly reduce it and help save Americans’ lives,” they write.
Quanta Magazine reporter Devin Powell spotlights how MIT researchers developed a new model to help determine why some knots are stronger than others. The researchers hope “the findings will play a role in designing new ways to tie, loop, twist and otherwise form tangles from rope, adding a new predictive dimension to knot theory.”
MIT researchers have identified security flaws in a mobile voting application that allowed some overseas and military citizens to vote remotely, reports Lydia Emmanouilidou for PRI’s The World. “When things are opaque — when you can't verify, when you can't see what the code is doing,” says graduate student Michael Specter, “there is no way of vetting that it's doing the right thing.”
MIT researchers have developed a new smart diaper that can send caregivers a message when it detects moisture, reports Caroline Enos for The Boston Globe. “A small moisture sensor in the diaper contains a radio frequency identification tag, which transmits a radio signal to a nearby receiver when the diaper becomes wet,” Enos writes.