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Why Some Wikipedia Disputes Go Unresolved
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Why Some Wikipedia Disputes Go Unresolved

Researchers found that factors such as excessive bickering and poorly worded arguments led to about a third of Requests for Comment by Wikipedia editors going unresolved...

E.T., We're Home
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E.T., We're Home

If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into...

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers
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Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.

Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms
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Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms

A new automated system assesses dense breast tissue in mammograms as reliably as human radiologists.

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes
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A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

A new system uses reflected wireless signals to identify occupants within a home, even when they are not carrying mobile devices.

Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection
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Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection

A new machine learning technique can drastically reduce false positives in fraud-detecting technology that incorrectly flag credit card sales as suspicious.

Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing
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Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed software that could inform the selection of landing sites for scientific expeditions to Mars.

Machine Learning System Tackles Speech and Object Recognition, All at Once
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Machine Learning System Tackles Speech and Object Recognition, All at Once

A new system can learn to identify objects within an image, based on a spoken description of the image.

Creating 3D-Printed 'Motion Sculptures' From 2D Videos
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Creating 3D-Printed 'Motion Sculptures' From 2D Videos

A new algorithm can take two-dimensional videos and turn them into three-dimensionally-printed "motion sculptures" that show how a human body moves through space...

Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box
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Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box

Researchers are using two main approaches to replacing black-box machine learning models with prediction methods that are more transparent.

Robots Can Now Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It
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Robots Can Now Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It

Dense Object Nets is a system that lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand them enough to accomplish specific tasks without having seen them...

Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations
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Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations

A new neural network model can analyze raw text and audio data from clinical interviews to detect speech patterns signaling depression.

A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'
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A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'

A new "in-body global-positioning system" can locate ingestible implants within the body using low-power wireless signals.

Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier
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Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier

MIT researchers have taken a step toward solving a longstanding challenge with wireless communication: direct data transmission between underwater and airborne...

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
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Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...

On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths
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On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths

A new optical filter on a chip can process optical signals from across an extremely wide spectrum of light simultaneously.

Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making
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Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making

An analysis found doctors' "gut feelings" about an intensive-care patient's condition played a significant role in determining how many tests were ordered for the...

Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment
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Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed cell-sized robots that can sense their environment, store data, and conduct computational tasks...

Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy
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Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy

A personalized deep learning network is designed to help robots gauge the effect of autism therapy on children, using data that is unique to each patient.

Faster Analysis of Medical Images
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Faster Analysis of Medical Images

A new machine learning algorithm can register brain scans and other three-dimensional images about 1,000 times faster than previously possible using novel learning...
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