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In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain
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In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found the most recent version of deep neural networks match the primate brain. 

New Way to Turn Genes On
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New Way to Turn Genes On

Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing...

More-Flexible Digital Communication
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More-Flexible Digital Communication

Researchers say they have begun to describe theoretical limits on the degree of imprecision that communicating computers can tolerate. 

Detecting Gases Wirelessly and Cheaply
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Detecting Gases Wirelessly and Cheaply

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone.

New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical
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New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical

Researchers have developed a new kind of load driver that could enable biological circuits to behave almost as predictably as electronic circuits. 

Diagnostic Exhalations
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Diagnostic Exhalations

Researchers say an algorithm they developed can accurately determine whether a patient is suffering from emphysema or heart failure based on their breath.

Harnessing Error-Prone Chips
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Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

Chisel is a new system that lets programmers identify sections of their code that can tolerate small errors.

Projecting a Robot's Intentions
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Projecting a Robot's Intentions

Measurable virtual reality combines ceiling-mounted projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot's intentions in real time...

MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin
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MIT Computer Scientists Can Predict the Price of Bitcoin

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict the price of Bitcoin. 

Superconducting Circuits, Simplified
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Superconducting Circuits, Simplified

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a nanocryotron , a computing circuit based on the cryotron.

Solid Nanoparticles Can Deform Like a Liquid
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Solid Nanoparticles Can Deform Like a Liquid

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while...

­nderwater Robot For Port Security
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­nderwater Robot For Port Security

A new submersible robot has a flattened panel on one side so it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans. 

Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot ­nprecedented Dexterity
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Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot ­nprecedented Dexterity

Researchers have developed a robot equipped with tactile sensors that enable it to grasp a USB cable draped over a hook and insert it into a USB port. 

Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?
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Will Tomorrow's Robots Move Like Snakes?

Researchers have developed a soft robotic arm, inspired by octopus tentacles, that can snake through a pipelike environment without a human operator. 

Bound for Robotic Glory
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Bound for Robotic Glory

Massachusetts Institute of Technology  researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding, and successfully implemented it in a robotic cheetah. 

Where to Grab Space Debris
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Where to Grab Space Debris

A new algorithm can be used to gauge the rotation of objects in zero gravity using only visual information. 

Where to Grab Space Debris
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Where to Grab Space Debris

Objects in space tend to spin—and spin in a way that's totally different from the way they spin on earth.

Manual Control
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Manual Control

Mezzanine is a collaborative-conferencing system that enables multiple users to share and control digital content from any device using gesture controls. 

Ride-Sharing Could Cut Cabs' Road Time By 30 Percent
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Ride-Sharing Could Cut Cabs' Road Time By 30 Percent

Researchers analyzing taxi trip data found about 95% of trips could have been shared, and an optimal combination of trips would have cut travel time by 40%. 

Visual Control of Big Data
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Visual Control of Big Data

DBWipes is a new data visualization tool that enables users to highlight abnormalities and possible patterns in a graphical display. 
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