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Electric Motors Find New Roles in Robots, Ships, Cars, and Microgrids
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Electric Motors Find New Roles in Robots, Ships, Cars, and Microgrids

About 40% of electric power generated is used to drive motors, and that figure is expected to grow.

An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam
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An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to test a fleet of autonomous boats.

­sing Light to Control Genome Editing
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­sing Light to Control Genome Editing

Researchers have added a new technique to the CRISPR genome-editing system that lets scientists control when and where gene editing occurs by using ultraviolet...

Toward Practical Quantum Computers
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Toward Practical Quantum Computers

Researchers have taken a step toward practical quantum computing with a prototype chip that traps ions in an electric field and directs laser light at each of them...

Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand
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Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded the development of a portable on-demand biopharmaceutical production system.

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

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have used synthetic biology to program cells to remember and respond to a series of events.

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...

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...

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...

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. 

Crunching Quantum Code
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Crunching Quantum Code

Researchers have developed a quantum computer design featuring an array of superconducting islands on top of a topological insulator. 

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. 

Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks
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Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers  this week introduced a new chip that implements neural networks.

Deep-Learning Algorithm Predicts Photos' Memorability at "near-Human" Levels
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Deep-Learning Algorithm Predicts Photos' Memorability at "near-Human" Levels

Researchers say they have developed an algorithm that can predict how memorable or forgettable a given image is almost as accurately as humans. 

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.

Biomedical Imaging at One-Thousandth the Cost
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Biomedical Imaging at One-Thousandth the Cost

A biomedical imaging system developed by MIT researchers could ultimately replace a $100,000 microscope with components that cost only hundreds of dollars. The...

System Automatically Converts 2d Video to 3D
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System Automatically Converts 2d Video to 3D

A new system automatically renders two-dimensional soccer game video footage as three-dimensional video. 

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. 

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...
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