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We Know Where You Live
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We Know Where You Live

Researchers have demonstrated that snoopers armed with little sophisticated technology can expose the home and workplace addresses of Twitter users. 

Ingestible Origami Robot
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Ingestible Origami Robot

Researchers have demonstrated an origami robot that can unfold from a ingestible capsule and use external magnetic fields to navigate across the stomach wall.

Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?
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Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?

Three studies have found tablet use effective in improving performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness by children in economically disadvantaged countries...

Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies
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Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies

A course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory aimed to create a fleet of duckie-adorned self-driving...

Robotic Consensus
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Robotic Consensus

Planning algorithms for teams of robots fall into two categories: centralized algorithms, in which a single computer makes decisions for the whole team, and decentralized...

Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually
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Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually

Dhruv Jain led the creation of a scuba-diving simulator as part of his Amphibian virtual reality project. 

First-Ever 3d Printed Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids
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First-Ever 3d Printed Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids

Researchers have developed "printable hydraulics," a technique for three-dimensional printing of robots involving simultaneously printing solid and liquid materials...

Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors
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Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors

Researchers have developed an infrared depth-sensing system, built from a smartphone with a $10 laser attached to it, that works indoors and outdoors. 

Browsing in Public
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Browsing in Public

The new Eyebrowse system enables Web users to share self-selected aspects of their online activity with their friends and the general public. 

Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams
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Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams

Researchers say they have developed a new way of modeling robot collaboration. 

Crunching Quantum Code
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Crunching Quantum Code

Researchers have developed a quantum computer design featuring an array of superconducting islands on top of a topological insulator. 

Hack-Proof Rfid Chips
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Hack-Proof Rfid Chips

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas Instruments have developed a virtually hack-proof radio-frequency identification chip.

A Virtual 'guide Dog' For Navigation
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A Virtual 'guide Dog' For Navigation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have modified an algorithm for processing three-dimensional camera data, with power conservation in mind. 

Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks
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Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers  this week introduced a new chip that implements neural networks.

Recognizing Correct Code
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Recognizing Correct Code

A new machine-learning system can analyze repairs made to open source programs, learn their general properties, and produce new repairs for other programs. 

Neil Gershenfeld and the Spread of Fab Labs
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Neil Gershenfeld and the Spread of Fab Labs

Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Bits and Atoms, discusses the growth and impact of the Fab Lab project. 

Nanodevices at One-Hundredth the Cost
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Nanodevices at One-Hundredth the Cost

In a recent paper, researchers described a method of inexpensively producing a type of microelectromechanical system with desktop fabrication system. 

Deep-Learning Algorithm Predicts Photos' Memorability at "near-Human" Levels
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Deep-Learning Algorithm Predicts Photos' Memorability at "near-Human" Levels

Researchers say they have developed an algorithm that can predict how memorable or forgettable a given image is almost as accurately as humans. 

Untraceable Communication Guaranteed
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Untraceable Communication Guaranteed

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled an untraceable text-messaging system designed to foil even the most powerful adversaries.

Untraceable Communication—guaranteed
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Untraceable Communication—guaranteed

Anonymity networks, which sit on top of the public Internet, are designed to conceal people’s Web-browsing habits from prying eyes.
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