July 16, 2019
MIT researchers have found that online restaurant data can be used to accurately predict key socioeconomic factors for neighborhoods in China, reports the Xinhua news agency. The researchers found that “in nine Chinese cities, the presence of restaurants could effectively predict a neighborhood's daytime and nighttime population, the number of businesses and overall spending.”
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.”
Gizmodo reporter Victoria Song writes that MIT researchers have created a material that is 10 times blacker than any to date. The material is being made from “vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, which are microscopic carbon filaments. The engineers grew the carbon nanotubes on chlorine-etched aluminum foil, which then captured more than 99.995 percent of incoming light in lab testing.”
Martin Finucane writes for The Boston Globe about a “thought-provoking new report” from the MIT Task Force on the Work of the Future. “There is a lot of alarmist rhetoric about how the robots are coming,” said Elisabeth Beck Reynolds, executive director of the task force. “MIT’s job is to cut through some of this hype and bring some perspective to this discussion.”