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MIT researchers detect a single quantum vibration within a diamond sample (shown here) at room temperature. Image: Sabine Galland

Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions

Studying a common material at room temperature, researchers bring quantum behavior “closer to our daily life.”
A simulation of early galaxy formation under three dark matter scenarios. In a universe filled with cold dark matter, early galaxies would first form in bright halos (far left). If dark matter is instead warm, galaxies would form first in long, tail-like filaments (center). Fuzzy dark matter would produce similar filaments, though striated (far right), like the strings of a harp.

This is how a fuzzy universe may have looked

Scientists simulate early galaxy formation in a universe of dark matter that is ultralight, or “fuzzy,” rather than cold or warm.
A system designed by researchers at MIT and elsewhere enables interconnected smart devices to cooperatively pinpoint their positions in noisy environments where GPS usually fails, which is useful for emerging “localization-of-things” applications. Image: Christine Daniloff, MIT

System helps smart devices find their position

Connected devices can now share position information, even in noisy, GPS-denied areas.
A 16.78-carat natural yellow diamond, estimated to be worth $2 million (left), is coated with a new carbon nanotube-based material that is the blackest material on record (the covered diamond, shown at right). The diamond is the subject of The Redemption of Vanity, a work of art created by artist Diemut Strebe, in collaboration with MIT engineer Brian Wardle and his lab, on view at the New York Stock Exchange. Image: R. Capanna, A. Berlato, and A. Pinato

MIT engineers have developed the darkest black material to date

MIT engineers have recently came up with a darkest black material to date, that is 10 times blacker than anything that has previously been...

Scientists detected a chirp of a baby black hole

This ringing does, in fact, predict the black hole's mass and spin.
Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have developed a system that detects pain in patients by analyzing brain activity from a wearable neuroimaging device, which could help doctors diagnose and treat pain in unconscious and noncommunicative patients.

Measuring a patient’s pain level by analyzing brain activity

System could help with diagnosing and treating noncommunicative patients.
Images showing interference patterns (top) and a Wilson loop (bottom) were produced by the researchers to confirm the presence of non-Abelian gauge fields created in the research.

Exotic physics phenomenon is observed for first time

Observation of the predicted non-Abelian Aharonov-Bohm Effect may offer a step toward fault-tolerant quantum computers.
The asteroid 6478 Gault is seen with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, showing two narrow, comet-like tails of debris that tell us that the asteroid is slowly undergoing self-destruction. The bright streaks surrounding the asteroid are background stars. The Gault asteroid is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Astronomers captured an active asteroid in the act of changing color

The asteroid is likely shedding reddish dust, revealing a fresh, blue surface beneath.
MIT engineers have developed robotic thread (in black) that can be steered magnetically and is small enough to work through narrow spaces such as the vasculature of the human brain. The researchers envision the technology may be used in the future to clear blockages in patients with stroke and aneurysms.

Robotic thread is designed to slip through the brain’s blood vessels

The magnetically controlled device could deliver clot-reducing therapies in response to stroke or other brain blockages.

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