February 16, 2018
NBC Boston highlights five athletes to watch at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, including MIT alumnus A.J. Edelman. “There was this pull on me to try to achieve something greater in sports that would have a meaningful impact," said Edelman, who represented Israel in skeleton racing.
Kagome metal, a new discovery made through research by Assistant Prof. Joseph Checkelsky and graduate student Linda Ye, allows for the transfer of electrical currents “across atomic layers in the crystal” without any energy loss. Aristos Georgiou for Newsweek writes that such material may enable quantum computers "to solve certain problems that even the most powerful classical computers struggle to calculate.”
Dheeraj Pasham, a postdoc at the Kavli Institute, led research that observed x-ray waves generated by “a supermassive black hole consuming a star”, that produced “high-energy jet streams” that mirrored the earlier observed x-rays, writes Laney Ruckstuhl for The Boston Globe. As Pasham notes, this is important because such jets can prevent the formation of new stars.
For his blog “In the Pipeline”, Science writer Derek Lowe discusses the potentials of graphene as a superconductor, highlighting research led by associate Prof. Pablo Jarillo-Herrero. He goes on to mention the same technology as enabling MIT’s “tokamak-design fusion reactor that is far more compact than any previous attempts.”
The creation of Kagome metal, an “electrically conducting crystal, made from layers of iron and tin atoms,” will pave the way for discoveries in quantum computing, writes BBC News. The conductor, developed by Assistant Prof. Joseph Checkelsky and graduate student Linda Ye, allows for zero energy loss.
Meghan Bartels of Newsweek discusses a discovery from the Kavli Institute of the first tidal disruption flare or “jet” that’s been produced due to a supermassive black hole consuming a star in space. “This is telling us the black hole feeding rate is controlling the strength of the jet it produces,” NASA Einstein Postdoc Fellow and lead researcher Dheeraj Pasham said.