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Secure, Synchronized, Social Tv
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Secure, Synchronized, Social Tv

Network coding is an innovative new approach to network design that promises much more efficient use of bandwidth, and MIT researchers have made seminal contributions...

Targeted Results
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Targeted Results

MIT and Tel Aviv University researchers recently presented a mathematical framework for finding localized solutions to complex calculations, such as classic CS problems...

Targeted Results
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Targeted Results

By envisioning data as "graphs," MIT researchers show how to find local solutions to otherwise overwhelmingly complex problems.

Kaashoek Wins Acm's Prize For Young Researchers
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Kaashoek Wins Acm's Prize For Young Researchers

Frans Kaashoek, a professor in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and associate director of the Computer Science and Artificial...

Dueling Algorithms
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Dueling Algorithms

There's an old joke about two hikers on a trail, one wearing hiking boots and the other running shoes. "Why the running shoes?" the first hiker asks. "In case...

'we Need to See Ahead'
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'we Need to See Ahead'

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano emphasized the importance of science and technology research as a means of keeping the nation safe in an...

The Quantum Singularity
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The Quantum Singularity

MIT professor Scott Aaronson and grad student Alex Arkhipov will present a paper at ACM's 43rd Symposium on Theory of Computing that describes an experiment, which...

Retooling Algorithms
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Retooling Algorithms

MIT professor Charles Leiserson says the best method for rewriting algorithms to run on parallel processors is to use a divide-and-conquer technique, allowing the...

Retooling Algorithms
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Retooling Algorithms

Charles Leiserson and his team are experts at designing parallel algorithms—including one for a chess-playing program that outperformed IBM’s Deep Blue.

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The Next Operating System

Operating systems for multicore chips will need more information about their own performance—and more resources for addressing whatever problems arise.

Rivest ­nlocks Cryptography's Past, Looks Toward Future
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Rivest ­nlocks Cryptography's Past, Looks Toward Future

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Ronald Rivest recently gave a speech about the history of the RSA cryptographic system, which is currently used...

3D Tv? How About Holographic Tv?
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3D Tv? How About Holographic Tv?

Using a single Xbox Kinect and standard graphics chips, MIT researchers demonstrate the highest frame rate yet for streaming holographic video.

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Survey Reveals Potential Innovation Gap in the U.s.

Young women in the U.S. represent an untapped group of potential inventors, according to the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index. The latest index shows that women...

Breaking Bottlenecks
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Breaking Bottlenecks

A new algorithm enables much faster dissemination of information through self-organizing networks with a few scattered choke points.

Text-Based Video Navigation
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Text-Based Video Navigation

The MIT150 website, celebrating the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's 150th anniversary, offers a collection of video interviews that makes use of a new navigation...

The Power of 'convergence'
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The Power of 'convergence'

In white paper, MIT scientists discuss potential for revolutionary advances in biomedicine and other fields.

The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic
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The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic

A computer chip that performs imprecise calculations could process some types of data thousands of times more efficiently than existing chips.

Collective Memory
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Collective Memory

An MIT project provides a way to preserve information in constantly changing networks, without resorting to a shared server.

MIT Expands and Strengthens its Links to China
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MIT Expands and Strengthens its Links to China

MIT's connections to China, already well-established, are set to be strengthened and expanded as part of a major, long-term effort to promote intellectual and...

When the Playroom Is the Computer
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When the Playroom Is the Computer

A block-shaped robot that seems to roll onto a computer screen is part of an educational-media system that gets kids out of their chairs.
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