Archive: 01/27/2011

Explained: Transiting exoplanets

In the quest to find life elsewhere in the universe, planetary scientists have detected more than 500 planets outside the solar system, or exoplanets, over the past 15 years. About one-fifth of those were ...

Jan 27, 2011 3.3 / 5 (3) 3

New research stems from the sun

Sometimes, you have to go back to go forward. Sounds strange, but it's what one National High Magnetic Field Laboratory physicist did when he harnessed the primal power of the sun to solve a perplexing, high-tech problem. ...

Jan 27, 2011 4.3 / 5 (4) 1

A life filled with firsts

In 1887, the Massachusetts State Board of Health commissioned MIT’s new laboratory of sanitary chemistry to survey the state’s drinking water, the first such study in America. Led by Ellen H. Swallow ...

Jan 27, 2011 4 / 5 (1) 1