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Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient
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Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient

BlueCache is a more energy-efficient datacenter caching system that uses flash memory.

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care
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Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Researchers are investigating how computers can enhance medical decisions.

Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects
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Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects

Researchers have developed a design system to catalog the physical characteristics of a huge number of tiny cube clusters that can function as building blocks for...

New AI Algorithm Monitors Sleep With Radio Waves
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New AI Algorithm Monitors Sleep With Radio Waves

A new sleep monitoring system uses an algorithm to analyze radio signals around subjects and translate those measurements into sleep stages.

Automatic Image Retouching on Your Phone
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Automatic Image Retouching on Your Phone

Researchers have developed a cellphone-based system that can automatically retouch images.

Reshaping Computer-Aided Design
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Reshaping Computer-Aided Design

Researchers have developed InstantCAD to facilitate interactive real-time editing, enhancement, and optimization of computer-aided design  models via a simpler...

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses
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Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.

Using Chip Memory More Efficiently
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Using Chip Memory More Efficiently

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.

Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?
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Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Researchers have used a computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five U.S. cities.

New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage
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New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage

A new computer chip integrates carbon nanotubes and resistive random-access memory cells.

Practical Parallelism
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Practical Parallelism

Researchers have developed a system called Fractal that enables up to 88-fold acceleration in a parallelism strategy known as speculative execution.

Drones That Drive
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Drones That Drive

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.

Toward Optical Quantum Computing
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Toward Optical Quantum Computing

Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce...

New System Allows Optical 'Deep Learning'
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New System Allows Optical 'Deep Learning'

Researchers have developed a new approach to deep-learning computer systems that uses light instead of electricity.

Giving Robots a Sense of Touch
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Giving Robots a Sense of Touch

Researchers have mounted GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms to provide robotic systems with greater sensitivity and dexterity.

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate
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Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

A new system to help visually impaired users navigate employs a three-dimensional camera, a belt with vibrational motors, and a refreshable Braille interface.

Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon
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Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon

Researchers have developed an algorithm to tune a Dynamic Vision Sensor camera to detect only specific changes in brightness that matter for a particular system...

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand
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New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside...

Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers
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Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers

Researchers have developed a new method that could help lead to the development of practical, diamond-based quantum computing devices.

Using Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft
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Using Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft

A new system uses bitcoin's security mechanisms to foil online identify thieves.
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