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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. 

New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking
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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking

WiTrack is a new a three-dimensional (3D) motion-tracking technology that uses radio signals to track a person through walls and other obstacles. 

Inexpensive 'nano-Camera' Can Operate at the Speed of Light
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Inexpensive 'nano-Camera' Can Operate at the Speed of Light

Researchers have created a $500 "nano-camera" that operates at the speed of light and could have applications in areas like medical imaging. 

A Computer Scientist's Approach to Medicine
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A Computer Scientist's Approach to Medicine

Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer scientist Stephanie Seneff applies her natural language processing research to solving biological problems.

Research Brings Unbreakable Phones One Step Closer
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Research Brings Unbreakable Phones One Step Closer

A new method for transferring versatile electronics onto a flexible surface could contribute to the development of flexible displays, solar cells, and energy harvesters...

Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

The birth of artificial-intelligence research as an autonomous discipline is generally thought to have been the monthlong Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial...

In The World: Mapping the Logistics of Megacities
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In The World: Mapping the Logistics of Megacities

Logistics data on neighborhoods in several world cities is available online in an open-access pool of information that is graphically represented on city maps. 

3-D Mapping in Real Time, Without the Drift
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3-D Mapping in Real Time, Without the Drift

A new mapping algorithm that creates real-time, detailed three-dimensional maps of indoor and outdoor environments. 

Views You Can Use? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment
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Views You Can Use? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment

Are you influenced by the opinions of other people—say, in the comments sections of websites?

Reliable Communication, Unreliable Networks
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Reliable Communication, Unreliable Networks

Researchers recently unveiled a new framework for analyzing ad hoc networks. 

Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain
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Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain

The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who...

Pruning the Power Grid
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Pruning the Power Grid

A new algorithm identifies the most dangerous pairs of failures among the millions of possible failures in a power grid. 

New System Uses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls
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New System Uses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.

New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing
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New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing

A newly developed vehicle-routing algorithm is designed to help rebalance one-way vehicle-sharing systems. 

Cheap, Color, Holographic Video
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Cheap, Color, Holographic Video

A new way to create holograms could significantly lower the cost of color holographic-video displays and boost conventional 2D display resolution. 

Making Sense of Medical Sensors
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Making Sense of Medical Sensors

MIT's Imaging Group is studying the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to identify chemical compounds.

How to Predict the Progress of Technology
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How to Predict the Progress of Technology

Moore’s Law and Wright’s Law offer the best predictions of the pace of technological progress, researchers say. 
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