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A new way to provide cooling without power

>>Device developed at MIT could provide refrigeration for off-grid locations MIT researchers have devised a new way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power. The passive system, which could be used to supplement other cooling

What happens when materials take tiny hits

>>High-speed camera shows incoming particles cause damage by briefly melting surfaces as they strike When tiny particles strike a metal surface at high speed — for example, as coatings being sprayed or as micrometeorites pummeling a space station — the moment of impact happens so

Bursting bubbles launch bacteria from water to air

>>Study illuminates new mode of bacteria dispersal Wherever there’s water, there’s bound to be bubbles floating at the surface. From standing puddles, lakes, and streams, to swimming pools, hot tubs, public fountains, and toilets, bubbles are ubiquitous, indoors and out. A new MIT study shows