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MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump
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MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

A robotic cheetah built by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers is now the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously. 

Advance in Quantum Error Correction
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Advance in Quantum Error Correction

Researchers have developed a quantum error correction code that requires the measurement of only a few quantum bits at a time. 

To Handle Big Data, Shrink It
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To Handle Big Data, Shrink It

A new algorithm finds the smallest possible approximation of a matrix that guarantees reliable computations. 

Artbot Engineers the Discovery of Art
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Artbot Engineers the Discovery of Art

Artbot is a new mobile website app that mines both user preferences and event tags to provide users with connections to the local art scene. 

MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots
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MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots

Researchers have developed a new approach to programming autonomous underwater vehicles that increases their "cognitive" capabilities.

Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves
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Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves

Detailed new field studies, laboratory experiments, and simulations of the largest known "internal waves" in the Earth's oceans—phenomena that play a key role in...

"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting
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"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

Researchers are using microscopic variations to "fingerprint" silicon chips used in consumer-product tags to combat product counterfeiting. 

One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List
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One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List

Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a prototype system called Murmur that they hope will improve the experience of using email mailing lists by incorporating...

Cloud Security Reaches Silicon
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Cloud Security Reaches Silicon

Researchers are working to implement a way to thwart criminals from inferring computer data based on the pattern in which the machine accesses its memory.

Deans Announce New Institute For Data, Systems, and Society
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Deans Announce New Institute For Data, Systems, and Society

On July 1, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will officially launch the  Institute for Data, Systems, and Society.

Graphics in Reverse
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Graphics in Reverse

Programs of less than 50 lines in a probabilistic programming language are as effective as conventional systems for completing some standard computer-vision tasks...

Better Sensors For Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection
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Better Sensors For Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized...

Wear Your Social Network
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Wear Your Social Network

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab students are making it easier for people to make connections by broadcasting their social media interests offline...

Diagnosis By Keyboard
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Diagnosis By Keyboard

Analyzing people's keystrokes as they type on a computer keyboard can reveal a great deal of information about the state of their motor function, according to a...

Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon
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Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon

Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon.

Crowdsourced Tool For Depression
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Crowdsourced Tool For Depression

A new peer-to-peer networking tool enables people suffering from anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic methods. 

Better Debugger
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Better Debugger

Researchers last week unveiled a new algorithm for identifying integer-overflow bugs. 

Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects
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Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects

New software can identify houses in rural villages from satellite images, potentially saving time that would otherwise be spent sending teams from village to village...

Teaching Programming to Preschoolers
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Teaching Programming to Preschoolers

Researchers are developing a system that enables young children to program interactive robots by placing stickers on laminated sheets of paper. 

Magnetic Brain Stimulation
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Magnetic Brain Stimulation

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles—a technique allowing direct...
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