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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. 

Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects
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Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects

New software can identify houses in rural villages from satellite images, potentially saving time that would otherwise be spent sending teams from village to village...

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...

Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"
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Radio Chip For the "internet of Things"

A new wireless transmitter design reduces off-state leakage 100-fold while providing adequate power for Bluetooth or 802.15.4 transmissions.

Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome
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Researchers Generate a Reference Map of the Human Epigenome

The sequencing of the human genome laid the foundation for the study of genetic variation and its links to a wide range of diseases. But the genome itself is only...

Lincoln Laboratory Hosts First 'make Your Own Wearables' Workshop For High-School Girls
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Lincoln Laboratory Hosts First 'make Your Own Wearables' Workshop For High-School Girls

Mechanical engineer Kristen Railey, founder of Girls Who Build, recently hosted a pilot workshop for high school girls at a federally funded research and development...

How to Predict Responses to Disease
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How to Predict Responses to Disease

Researchers have developed a computer model that could help public health officials take steps to limit the dangers of a disease outbreak. 

Vision System For Household Robots
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Vision System For Household Robots

A new algorithm can aggregate perspectives and recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing misidentifications. 

Diagnostic Exhalations
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Diagnostic Exhalations

Researchers say an algorithm they developed can accurately determine whether a patient is suffering from emphysema or heart failure based on their breath.

Underwater Robot For Port Security
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Underwater Robot For Port Security

A new submersible robot has a flattened panel on one side so it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans. 

Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Unprecedented Dexterity
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Fingertip Sensor Gives Robot Unprecedented Dexterity

Researchers have developed a robot equipped with tactile sensors that enable it to grasp a USB cable draped over a hook and insert it into a USB port. 

Where to Grab Space Debris
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Where to Grab Space Debris

A new algorithm can be used to gauge the rotation of objects in zero gravity using only visual information. 

Ride-Sharing Could Cut Cabs' Road Time By 30 Percent
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Ride-Sharing Could Cut Cabs' Road Time By 30 Percent

Researchers analyzing taxi trip data found about 95% of trips could have been shared, and an optimal combination of trips would have cut travel time by 40%. 

Harnessing the Speed of Light
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Harnessing the Speed of Light

The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light's diffraction...

Traffic Lights: There's a Better Way
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Traffic Lights: There's a Better Way

A new means of computing the optimal timings for city stoplights can significantly reduce drivers' average travel times. 

Who's Using Your Data?
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Who's Using Your Data?

The HTTP with Accountability protocol is designed to track the transmission of private data and enable the data owner to see how it is used online. 

Social Physics
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Social Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab Human Dynamics Laboratory director Alex Pentland is working on a new theory of human social interaction. 

Marvin Minsky Honored For Lifetime Achievements in Artificial Intelligence
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Marvin Minsky Honored For Lifetime Achievements in Artificial Intelligence

MIT Media Lab professor emeritus Marvin Minsky, 86, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award...

New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth
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New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth

Researchers say they have developed a technique for addressing vertex-connectivity problems. 

Never Forget a Face
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Never Forget a Face

A new algorithm makes subtle changes to various points on a face to make it more memorable without changing the subject's overall appearance. 
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