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Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time
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Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

A quasiparticle called an exciton—responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits—has been understood...

New 'switch' Could Power Quantum Computing
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New 'switch' Could Power Quantum Computing

Using a laser to place individual rubidium atoms near the surface of a lattice of light, scientists at MIT and Harvard University have developed a new method for...

The Complexonaut
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The Complexonaut

When he was in elementary school, Scott Aaronson, like many mathematically precocious kids of his generation, dreamed of making his own video games.

Orienteering For Robots
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Orienteering For Robots

Suppose you're trying to navigate an unfamiliar section of a big city, and you’re using a particular cluster of skyscrapers as a reference point.

Parallel Programming May Not Be So Daunting
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Parallel Programming May Not Be So Daunting

Researchers plan to demonstrate an analytics technique suggesting that, in a wide range of real-word scenarios, lock-free algorithms can provide wait-free performance...

Soft Robotic Fish Moves Like the Real Thing
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Soft Robotic Fish Moves Like the Real Thing

Researchers say they have created a robotic fish that is the first self-contained autonomous soft robot capable of rapid body motion. 

Soft Robotic Fish Moves Like the Real Thing
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Soft Robotic Fish Moves Like the Real Thing

Soft robots—which don’t just have soft exteriors but are also powered by fluid flowing through flexible channels—have become a sufficiently popular research topic...

Social Physics
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Social Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab Human Dynamics Laboratory director Alex Pentland is working on a new theory of human social interaction. 

Self-Completing Programs
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Self-Completing Programs

The Sketch programming language enables programmers to leave out some coding details, with Sketch filling in the blanks. 

Self-Completing Programs
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Self-Completing Programs

Since he was a graduate student, Armando Solar-Lezama, an associate professor in MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been working...

Smarter Caching
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Smarter Caching

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller.

Herding Robots
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Herding Robots

Researchers say they have developed a system that combines existing robotic control programs to enable multiagent systems to collaborate in complex ways. 

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Herding Robots

Writing a program to control a single autonomous robot navigating an uncertain environment with an erratic communication link is hard enough; write one for multiple...

Bringing the World Reboot-Less ­pdates
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Bringing the World Reboot-Less ­pdates

The Ksplice software automatically applies patches to an operating system without having to reboot. 

Seeing Things: A New Transparent Display System Could Provide Heads-up Data
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Seeing Things: A New Transparent Display System Could Provide Heads-up Data

Transparent displays have a variety of potential applications—such as the ability to see navigation or dashboard information while looking through the windshield...

Marvin Minsky Honored For Lifetime Achievements in Artificial Intelligence
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Marvin Minsky Honored For Lifetime Achievements in Artificial Intelligence

MIT Media Lab professor emeritus Marvin Minsky, 86, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award...

New Algorithm Can Dramatically Streamline Solutions to the 'max Flow' Problem
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New Algorithm Can Dramatically Streamline Solutions to the 'max Flow' Problem

Finding the most efficient way to transport items across a network like the U.S. highway system or the Internet is a problem that has taxed mathematicians and computer...

New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth
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New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth

Researchers say they have developed a technique for addressing vertex-connectivity problems. 

Graphene Can Host Exotic New Quantum Electronic States at Its Edges
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Graphene Can Host Exotic New Quantum Electronic States at Its Edges

Researchers have uncovered unexpected features of graphene that appear under extreme conditions, which could allow the material to be used for exotic applications...

Never Forget a Face
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Never Forget a Face

A new algorithm makes subtle changes to various points on a face to make it more memorable without changing the subject's overall appearance. 
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