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Reliable Communication, ­nreliable Networks
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Reliable Communication, ­nreliable Networks

Researchers recently unveiled a new framework for analyzing ad hoc networks. 

Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain
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Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain

The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who...

Research Update: Genome Editing Becomes More Accurate
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Research Update: Genome Editing Becomes More Accurate

Earlier this year, MIT researchers developed a way to easily and efficiently edit the genomes of living cells. Now, the researchers have discovered key factors...

A Faster Internet--Designed By Computers?
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A Faster Internet--Designed By Computers?

A new computer system generates transmission control protocol algorithms with transmission rates two to three times higher than those designed by humans. 

Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language
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Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it's...

Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor
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Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

Researchers have created an optical switch that’s controlled by a single photon.

Protecting Data in the Cloud
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Protecting Data in the Cloud

A new type of secure hardware component can disguise a server's memory-access patterns. 

Pruning the Power Grid
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Pruning the Power Grid

A new algorithm identifies the most dangerous pairs of failures among the millions of possible failures in a power grid. 

New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls
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New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.

New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing
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New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing

A newly developed vehicle-routing algorithm is designed to help rebalance one-way vehicle-sharing systems. 

Cheap, Color, Holographic Video
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Cheap, Color, Holographic Video

A new way to create holograms could significantly lower the cost of color holographic-video displays and boost conventional 2D display resolution. 

Seeing the Human Pulse
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Seeing the Human Pulse

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new algorithm that can accurately measure the heart rates of people...

Multiview 3-D Photography Made Simple
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Multiview 3-D Photography Made Simple

Researchers have developed a system that helps users transform a regular camera into a light-field camera that can record high-resolution, multiview images. 

Securing the Cloud
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Securing the Cloud

Researchers have created an encryption algorithm that could improve security for cloud computing technology. 

Automatically Grading Programming Homework
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Automatically Grading Programming Homework

Researchers have created software that points out inaccuracies in student programming and offers suggestions for improvement. 

Making Quantum Encryption Practical
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Making Quantum Encryption Practical

One of the many promising applications of quantum mechanics in the information sciences is quantum key distribution (QKD) in which the counterintuitive behavior...

Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results
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Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results

Researchers have made progress on the longstanding challenge of developing a band gap property in graphene, essential for using the material to make transistors...

Finding a Gecko in the Crowd
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Finding a Gecko in the Crowd

The SLOOP software system is designed to automate part of the process of matching images of animals in massive catalogs. 

New Research Could Let Vehicles, Robots Collaborate with Humans
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New Research Could Let Vehicles, Robots Collaborate with Humans

Researchers are developing robotic systems that can negotiate with people to determine the best way to achieve their goals.

Valuing Versatility
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Valuing Versatility

It's often said that we live in an age of increased specialization: physicians who treat just one ailment, scholars who study just one period, network administrators...
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