Just hanging on: Why mussels are so good at it
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 19 hours ago
Unlike barnacles, which cement themselves tightly to the surfaces of rocks, piers or ships, the clamlike bivalves called mussels dangle more loosely from these surfaces, attached by a collection of fine filaments known as byssus threads. This approach lets the creatures drift further out into the wa...
Chisholm awarded the Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 19 hours ago
The government of Catalonia, an autonomous community in Spain, has announced that Sallie (Penny) Chisholm has been selected to receive this year's Ramon Margalef Prize in Ecology. The prize, named for a distinguished Catalonian scientist and founding father of modern ecology, is one of the most pres...
Controlling contagion by restricting mobility
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 19 hours ago
In an epidemic or a bioterrorist attack, the response of government officials could range from a drastic restriction of mobility - imposed isolation or total lockdown of a city - to moderate travel restrictions in some areas or simple suggestions that people remain at home. Deciding to institute any...
Ruben Juanes unravels the mysteries of underground flows
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 19 hours ago
As a child in the Galicia region of northwestern Spain, Ruben Juanes was already fascinated by science, and that interest was fostered by a science teacher who taught him in the fifth and sixth grades. One thing that really helped to bring the material to life, says Juanes - now the ARCO Associate P...
Study shows projected climate change in West Africa not likely to worsen malaria situation
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 19 hours ago
As public-health officials continue to fight malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, researchers are trying to predict how climate change will impact the disease, which infected an estimated 219 million people in 2010 and is the fifth leading cause of death worldwide among children under age 5. But projectio...
Two from MIT named to Popular Science's Brilliant 10 list
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, 19 hours ago
Popular Science magazine has named two MIT junior faculty members - Pedro Reis and Feng Zhang - to its 2013 Brilliant 10 list of young stars in science and technology. The list will appear in the magazine''s October issue."Popular Science prides itself on revealing the innovations and ideas that are...
Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 15, 2014
Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, they often introduce new vulnerabilities that increase the risks of servi...
Summer scholars deepen research skills
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 10, 2014
Synthesizing thin films for rechargeable batteries, exploring catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction needed in fuel cells, and testing origami-inspired self-folding materials were among the projects tackled by 14 summer scholars in MIT labs. The interns - chosen from among 256 applicants in a h...
Nature's tiny engineers
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, September 01, 2014
Conventional wisdom has long held that corals - whose calcium-carbonate skeletons form the foundation of coral reefs - are passive organisms that rely entirely on ocean currents to deliver dissolved substances, such as nutrients and oxygen. But now scientists at MIT and the Weizmann Institute of Sci...
Broadening the 'SCOPE' of microbial oceanography
MIT News - Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 18, 2014
The Simons Foundation, a New York-based philanthropic organization that supports a range of basic science research, has made its first venture into microbial oceanography with a $40 million award to fund the creation of the Simons Collaboration on Ocean Processes and Ecology (SCOPE), a five-yea...
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