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How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates
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How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method for controlling the shapes of submicroprocessors that makes it possible to build entire...

Computer Learns Language By Playing Games
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Computer Learns Language By Playing Games

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Regina Marzilay has adapted a system she developed to generate scripts for installing software on a Windows computer...

Improving Recommendation Systems
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Improving Recommendation Systems

MIT professor Devavrat Shah thinks that the most common approach to recommendation systems is fundamentally flawed; he says recommendation systems should ask users...

Safer Skies
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Safer Skies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that by 2020, all commercial aircraft—and small aircraft flying near most airports—must be equipped with...

Layer ­pon Layer
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Layer ­pon Layer

Graphene, a form of pure carbon arranged in a lattice just one atom thick, has interested countless researchers with its unique strength and its electrical and...

Protecting Medical Implants from Attack
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Protecting Medical Implants from Attack

Millions of Americans have implantable medical devices, from pacemakers and defibrillators to brain stimulators and drug pumps; worldwide, 300,000 more people...

'smart Cars' That Are Actually, Well, Smart
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'smart Cars' That Are Actually, Well, Smart

MIT researchers are developing an intelligent transportation system algorithm that factors in models of human driving behavior to warn drivers of potential collisions...

Streamlined Rules For Robots
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Streamlined Rules For Robots

With the explosion of the Internet and the commoditization of autonomous robots (such as the Roomba) and small sensors (such as the ones in most cell phones),...

Long Live the Qubit!
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Long Live the Qubit!

A quantum computer is a device—still largely theoretical—that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit...

Finding an Edge
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Finding an Edge

MIT researchers Jason Chang and John Fisher have developed an algorithm that can determine object boundaries in digital images with at least 50,000 times greater...

Honing Household Helpers
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Honing Household Helpers

Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the...

Tracking the Flow of Knowledge
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Tracking the Flow of Knowledge

Do scientists' job locations have any impact on the way their work spreads? Or, in today’s highly networked world, does research flow around the globe without...

Which Technologies Get Better Faster?
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Which Technologies Get Better Faster?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a mathematical model to predict which technologies are the most likely to rapidly advance and be...

Toward Faster Transistors
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Toward Faster Transistors

In the 1980s and '90s, competition in the computer industry was all about "clock speed"—how many megahertz, and ultimately gigahertz, a chip could boast. But...

How to Control Complex Networks
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How to Control Complex Networks

At first glance, a diagram of the complex network of genes that regulate cellular metabolism might seem hopelessly complex, and efforts to control such a system...

Better Glasses-Free 3-D
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Better Glasses-Free 3-D

MIT researchers have developed HR3D, a new method for glasses-free 3D displays. The researchers say their method could double the battery life of devices such...

Origami: Not Just For Paper Anymore
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Origami: Not Just For Paper Anymore

While the primary job of DNA in cells is to carry genetic information from one generation to the next, some scientists also see the highly stable and programmable...

Learning Science Through Gaming
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Learning Science Through Gaming

An MIT-produced interactive game, "Vanished," now being played by thousands online, offers a novel experiment in alternative science education.

Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab
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Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab

MIT announced that Joichi (“Joi” — pronounced “Joey”) Ito has been selected as the next director of the MIT Media Lab.

Constant Connection
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Constant Connection

For most of the 20th century, the paradigm of wireless communication was a radio station with a single high-power transmitter. As long as you were within 20 miles...
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