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How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures
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How to Control Robots with Brainwaves and Hand Gestures

Getting robots to do things isn't easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate via language...

MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors
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MIT Engineers Configure RFID Tags to Work as Sensors

Researchers have developed an ultra-high-frequency radio-frequency identification tag-sensor configuration that senses spikes in glucose and wirelessly transmits...

Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers
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Novel Transmitter Protects Wireless Data From Hackers

A new transmitter can hack-proof wireless data by frequency hopping each individual 1 or 0 bit of a data packet, every microsecond.

Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks
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Keeping Data Fresh for Wireless Networks

A new algorithm developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can refresh data within a simple wireless communication system.

Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease
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Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease

A new ingestible sensor can help diagnose gastrointestinal problems.

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Systems of mathematical equations can forecast the most informative data to collect for an autonomous underwater vehicle mission and the best way to reach the sampling...

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs)—marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide...

Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things
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Energy-Efficient Encryption for the Internet of Things

A new chip performs public-key encryption while consuming only 1/400 as much power as software execution of the same protocols would.

Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware
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Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can't be beat.

Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs
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Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs

Researchers are developing software that measures automotive sounds and communicates any service requirements and other diagnostic information to drivers via a...

Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips
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Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips

Researchers say they have created a solution to the "interconnect bottleneck" that slows communication between different chip elements.

Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient
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Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient

BlueCache is a more energy-efficient datacenter caching system that uses flash memory.

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses
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Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.

­sing Chip Memory More Efficiently
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­sing Chip Memory More Efficiently

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.

Drones That Drive
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Drones That Drive

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.

Toward Optical Quantum Computing
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Toward Optical Quantum Computing

Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce...

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate
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Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate

A new system to help visually impaired users navigate employs a three-dimensional camera, a belt with vibrational motors, and a refreshable Braille interface.

Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon
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Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon

Researchers have developed an algorithm to tune a Dynamic Vision Sensor camera to detect only specific changes in brightness that matter for a particular system...

­sing Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft
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­sing Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft

A new system uses bitcoin's security mechanisms to foil online identify thieves.

Speeding ­p Quality Control For Biologics
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Speeding ­p Quality Control For Biologics

Engineers have developed a new method for analyzing biologics in production, based on a series of nanoscale filters.
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