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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.

Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs
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Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs

A new device uses inexpensive flash storage to process huge graphs using a personal computer.

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.

Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic
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Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic

Researchers have highly maneuverable autonomous boats that, in waterway-rich cities, could be used to transport people or deliver goods.

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...

Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs
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Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs

A new method uses existing manufacturing processes to build optics and electronics separately on-chip.

Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs
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Robo-Picker Grasps and Grabs

A new "pick-and-place" robot features a standard industrial robotic arm equipped with a custom gripper and suction cup.

Physicists Create New Form of Light
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Physicists Create New Form of Light

Researchers have demonstrated the successful interaction of photons, which could clear a path toward using light particles in quantum computing.

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.

Automating Materials Design
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Automating Materials Design

Researchers say they have developed a system that can numerically specify the properties designers want in a material, then generate a microstructure that matches...

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.

Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices
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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers have made flexible and stretchable photonic devices using a specialized type of glass formed into a spring-like coil.

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.

Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage
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Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage

Researchers have shown they can create tiny disturbances in magnetic orientation at will in specific locations, which they say could be used to make a more efficient...

'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks
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'superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits For Different Tasks

Primer is a shape-shifting robot that can reconfigure itself into different exoskeletal "outfits" to perform distinct tasks.

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.

New System Allows Optical 'deep Learning'
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New System Allows Optical 'deep Learning'

Researchers have developed a new approach to deep-learning computer systems that uses light instead of electricity.
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