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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types
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Phone Movement Predicts Personality Types

Researchers in Australia used data from the accelerometers in mobile phones to predict users' personalities.

Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks
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Automated System Generates Robotic Parts for Novel Tasks

Researchers have developed an automated system that can design and print in three dimensions complex robotic parts optimized to a large number of specifications...

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other
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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have designed autonomous boats that can automatically target and latch onto each other.

Robots That Can Sort Recycling
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Robots That Can Sort Recycling

A new robotic system can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.

Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 
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Big Issues on the Table at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver listened to a question on stage Friday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, paused for a moment, and delivered a surprising...

Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip
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Mini Cheetah Is First Four-Legged Robot to Do a Backflip

Researchers have engineered a four-legged robot modeled after a cheetah, which is able to perform a 360-degree backflip from a standing position.

Robots Track Moving Objects With ­nprecedented Precision
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Robots Track Moving Objects With ­nprecedented Precision

Researchers are employing radio-frequency identification tags to help track moving objects with unprecedented accuracy and speed.

MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga
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MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that taught itself to play Jenga.

Team Invents Method to Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale
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Team Invents Method to Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale

MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials...

Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly
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Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly

A new ingestible capsule can be customized to dispatch drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both, and can remain in the stomach for at least a month.

E.T., We're Home
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E.T., We're Home

If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into...

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers
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Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.

Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier
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Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier

MIT researchers have taken a step toward solving a longstanding challenge with wireless communication: direct data transmission between underwater and airborne...

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
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Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...

On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths
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On-Chip Optical Filter Processes Wide Range of Light Wavelengths

A new optical filter on a chip can process optical signals from across an extremely wide spectrum of light simultaneously.

Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment
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Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed cell-sized robots that can sense their environment, store data, and conduct computational tasks...

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...

Chip ­pgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate
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Chip ­pgrade Helps Miniature Drones Navigate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers reduced the size and power consumption of a computer chip they designed in 2017 to help honeybee-sized drones...
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