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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...

Finger-Mounted Reading Device For the Blind
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Finger-Mounted Reading Device For the Blind

Researchers have developed a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. 

Quantum Sensor's Advantages Survive Entanglement Breakdown
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Quantum Sensor's Advantages Survive Entanglement Breakdown

MIT researchers have demonstrated that entanglement can improve the performance of optical sensors, even when it does not survive light's interaction with the environment...

Six Keys to Sports Analytics
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Six Keys to Sports Analytics

The ninth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) was the biggest meeting yet of sports-data experts: More than 3,100 people attended the event last...

Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"
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Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"

A new wireless transmitter design reduces off-state leakage 100-fold while providing adequate power for Bluetooth or 802.15.4 transmissions.

Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome
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Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome

The sequencing of the human genome laid the foundation for the study of genetic variation and its links to a wide range of diseases. But the genome itself is only...

Can an Led-Filled "robot Garden" Make Coding More Accessible?
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Can an Led-Filled "robot Garden" Make Coding More Accessible?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say their new tablet-operated system serves as a visual embodiment of their latest work in distributed computing...

Smarter Multicore Chips
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Smarter Multicore Chips

Computer chips' clocks have stopped getting faster. To keep delivering performance improvements, chipmakers are instead giving chips more processing units, or cores...

Parallelizing Common Algorithms
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Parallelizing Common Algorithms

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory.

Qubits With Staying Power
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Qubits With Staying Power

Researchers say they have developed a new technique that could enable the indefinite extension of quantum-secured communication links. 

Optimizing Optimization Algorithms
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Optimizing Optimization Algorithms

Researchers have presented a way to generate a sequence of simplified functions that ensure the best approximation optimization algorithms can offer. 
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