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Research found that altering the volume of a cell changed its internal dynamics, including the rigidness of the matrix lining the outer surface. In stem cells, removing water condenses the cell, influencing the stem cells to become stiff pre-bone cells...


Like a string of pearls, the spine is made of a series of similar vertebrae. A so-called segmentation clock creates this repetitive arrangement in developing embryos: Each time the clock ticks, a vertebra starts to form...


A future quantum computer might use photonic qubits to move information around, but the qubits need to be transferred to a stationary medium such as atoms to perform computations. Given the weakness of the light-matter interaction, the transfer often requires a large ensemble of atoms, which can collectively take on a single photonic qubit...


Understanding the differences between inanimate matter and living matter is one of the fundamental unsolved problems of science. Although this question might be framed as philosophical...


Portrait of Steven Torrisi
Steven Torrisi, a doctoral candidate in Kaxiras group, has been awarded a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship to support his Materials Physics research. DOE CSGF was established in 1991 to train...


Significant improvements in molecular trapping techniques increase the trappable molecular density by an order of magnitude, furthering the quest for directly loading optical tweezers and lattices...


Considerable interest in new single-photon detector technologies has been scaling in this past decade. Nowadays, quantum optics and quantum information applications are, among others, one of the main precursors for the accelerated...


Nicolaas (Nico) Bloembergen, Gerhard Gade University Professor, Emeritus, and 1981 Nobel Laureate, passed away at his home in Tucson, Arizona, on September 5, 2017.


image of a bird singing
Mahadevan Lab has developed a simple device to recreate complex birdsongs with the help of soft materials and mathematical modeling. The study finds that the inherent complexity in birdsongs might actually be the result of a simple controllable instability in the structure of the specialized organ used to create song, known as a syrinx...


The physics department is hosting a section of the MIT course, "How to Make (Almost) Anything," for the 4th time! This course covers a wide range of fabrication techniques, including laser cutting, 3D printing, PCB fabrication and design, embedded processing, molding and casting, and composites...


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