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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance
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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

MIT researchers have developed a scalable metadata-protection scheme to shield the information of millions of users.

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain
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Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain

A new cryptographic identity tag can be attached to virtually any product in order to verify its authenticity.

'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings
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'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings

Researchers have created "sensorized" skin to increase soft robots' awareness of their bodily motion and orientation.   

Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet
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Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet

Researchers have developed a "smart" diaper equipped with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. 

Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices
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Engineers Design Bionic 'Heart' for Testing Prosthetic Valves, Other Cardiac Devices

Researchers have built a "biorobotic hybrid heart" from heart tissue and a robotic pumping system for testing prosthetic valves and other cardiac devices.

Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps
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Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps

A new artificial intelligence model uses satellite imagery to tag road features in digital maps.

How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?
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How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?

A new study found that health knowledge graphs perform poorly for diseases with high percentages of very old or young patients, or high percentages of male or female...

Using Computers to View the Unseen
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Using Computers to View the Unseen

Scientists have advanced a technique to envision scenes outside a line of sight without special gear.

Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves
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Toward More Efficient Computing, With Magnetic Waves

A new circuit design enables computing using magnetic waves, rather than electricity.

Technique Helps Robots Find the Front Door
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Technique Helps Robots Find the Front Door

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a robotic navigation method that does not require mapping an area in advance. 

Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other
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Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other

Researchers have developed self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, and roll across the ground.

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is...

System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position
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System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position

A new system helps networks of smart devices find their positions in environments where GPS usually fails.

Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices
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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

A new method utilizes standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift
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MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift

Scientists have upgraded a fleet of autonomous boats to autonomously disconnect and reassemble into different forms of floating platforms, in the canals of Amsterdam...

AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently
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AI Could Help Data Centers Run Far More Efficiently

A new system automatically learns how to optimally allocate data processing workloads across thousands of servers as a means of boosting data center efficiency....

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types
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Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types

Researchers in Australia used data from the accelerometers in mobile phones to predict users' personalities.
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