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Inferring ­rban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data
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Inferring ­rban Travel Patterns From Cellphone Data

A new computational system can use cellphone location data to infer urban mobility patterns.

What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!
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What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!

New technology could make it much easier for consumers to accurately determine how much power is being consumed by each device in their home.

First Major Database of Non-Native English
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First Major Database of Non-Native English

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have issued the first major database of fully annotated English sentences written by non-native English...

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli
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Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli

Synthetic biology allows researchers to program cells to perform novel functions such as fluorescing in response to a particular chemical or producing drugs in...

Exploring Networks Efficiently
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Exploring Networks Efficiently

Researchers are hypothesizing that the study of ant colony behavior could lead to improved network communication algorithms.

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

New technology for protecting anonymity online provides stronger security guarantees but uses bandwidth much more efficiently than previous anonymity networks.

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of vulnerabilities in the most...

We Know Where You Live
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We Know Where You Live

Researchers have demonstrated that snoopers armed with little sophisticated technology can expose the home and workplace addresses of Twitter users. 

Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies
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Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies

A course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory aimed to create a fleet of duckie-adorned self-driving...

Robotic Consensus
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Robotic Consensus

Planning algorithms for teams of robots fall into two categories: centralized algorithms, in which a single computer makes decisions for the whole team, and decentralized...

Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors
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Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors

Researchers have developed an infrared depth-sensing system, built from a smartphone with a $10 laser attached to it, that works indoors and outdoors. 

Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams
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Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams

Researchers say they have developed a new way of modeling robot collaboration. 

Hack-Proof Rfid Chips
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Hack-Proof Rfid Chips

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas Instruments have developed a virtually hack-proof radio-frequency identification chip.

A Virtual 'guide Dog' For Navigation
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A Virtual 'guide Dog' For Navigation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have modified an algorithm for processing three-dimensional camera data, with power conservation in mind. 

Neil Gershenfeld and the Spread of Fab Labs
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Neil Gershenfeld and the Spread of Fab Labs

Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Bits and Atoms, discusses the growth and impact of the Fab Lab project. 

Untraceable Communication—guaranteed
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Untraceable Communication—guaranteed

Anonymity networks, which sit on top of the public Internet, are designed to conceal people’s Web-browsing habits from prying eyes.

What Are Your Apps Hiding?
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What Are Your Apps Hiding?

Researchers have found the user experience is largely unaffected by much of the data transferred between the top 500 free Google Android cellphone applications. ...

How Wireless 'x-Ray Vision' Could Power Virtual Reality, Smart Homes, and Hollywood
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How Wireless 'x-Ray Vision' Could Power Virtual Reality, Smart Homes, and Hollywood

The new RF Capture technology can pick up wireless reflections off the human body to visualize the silhouette of a person concealed behind a wall. 

Robots and US
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Robots and US

The dream of full automation is outdated and does not lead to the best outcomes, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor David Mindell.

More-Flexible Machine Learning
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More-Flexible Machine Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers plan to present a machine-learning technique that enables semantically-related concepts to reinforce each other...
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