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Ethical Trials, Targeted Ads
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Ethical Trials, Targeted Ads

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Philippe Rigollet and colleagues have developed an approach they say increases the effectiveness of online ads.

Crash-Tolerant Data Storage
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Crash-Tolerant Data Storage

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed what they call the first computer file system that ensures no loss of data when the system crashes...

Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp
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Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object...

Shoring ­p Tor
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Shoring ­p Tor

Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor's design. 

Object Recognition For Robots
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Object Recognition For Robots

John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile...

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Sergio Cantu studies how light can act as an information carrier in computing and calculating. 

Automatic Bug Repair
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Automatic Bug Repair

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs...

Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?
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Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?

A multi-university team of researchers has demonstrated that mobile phone data can provide rapid insight into changing employment levels. 

MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots
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MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots

Researchers have developed a new approach to programming autonomous underwater vehicles that increases their "cognitive" capabilities.

Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves
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Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves

Detailed new field studies, laboratory experiments, and simulations of the largest known "internal waves" in the Earth's oceans—phenomena that play a key role in...

"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting
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"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

Researchers are using microscopic variations to "fingerprint" silicon chips used in consumer-product tags to combat product counterfeiting. 

One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List
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One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List

Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a prototype system called Murmur that they hope will improve the experience of using email mailing lists by incorporating...

Better Sensors For Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection
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Better Sensors For Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized...

Wear Your Social Network
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Wear Your Social Network

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab students are making it easier for people to make connections by broadcasting their social media interests offline...

Diagnosis By Keyboard
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Diagnosis By Keyboard

Analyzing people's keystrokes as they type on a computer keyboard can reveal a great deal of information about the state of their motor function, according to a...

Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon
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Thousands of Atoms Entangled with a Single Photon

Physicists from MIT and the University of Belgrade have developed a new technique that can successfully entangle 3,000 atoms using only a single photon.

Crowdsourced Tool For Depression
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Crowdsourced Tool For Depression

A new peer-to-peer networking tool enables people suffering from anxiety and depression to build online support communities and practice therapeutic methods. 

Magnetic Brain Stimulation
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Magnetic Brain Stimulation

Researchers at MIT have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles—a technique allowing direct...

Finger-Mounted Reading Device For the Blind
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Finger-Mounted Reading Device For the Blind

Researchers have developed a prototype of a finger-mounted device with a built-in camera that converts written text into audio for visually impaired users. 

Six Keys to Sports Analytics
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Six Keys to Sports Analytics

The ninth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (SSAC) was the biggest meeting yet of sports-data experts: More than 3,100 people attended the event last...
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