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A Better Kind of Cybersecurity Strategy
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A Better Kind of Cybersecurity Strategy

Researchers contend Russia's use of North Korean IP addresses for a 2018 cyberattack underscored the need for a new cybersecurity strategy involving selective retaliation...

To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language
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To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University neuroscientists have found that reading computer code activates different brain regions than reading...

Making Data-Informed Covid-19 Testing Plans
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Making Data-Informed Covid-19 Testing Plans

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a Web-based Covid-19 testing impact calculator.

An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips
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An LED That Can Be Integrated Directly Into Computer Chips

Researchers have developed and built a silicon-based LED that can be integrated directly onto a computer chip.

How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems
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How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

Researchers have developed a cognitive model that learns to use objects in novel ways to solve problems, like humans do.

A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted
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A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted

Researchers have enabled a neural network to rapidly process data, yielding both predictions and confidence levels based on the quality of the available data.

Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design
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Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that simulates and optimizes robot design and control programs.

AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs
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AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs

A new artificial intelligence model between asymptomatic people infected with Covid-19 and healthy individuals via forced-cough recordings.

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride
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Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Researchers have developed the world's first fleet of autonomous boats, along with algorithms to permit communication and collaboration among the boats.

A Wearable Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate
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A Wearable Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate

A stretchable, skin-like device developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis communicate using small...

Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments
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Helping Companies Prioritize Their Cybersecurity Investments

A platform developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can quantify security risks for companies without requiring them to disclose sensitive...

Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions
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Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions

Researchers trained a hybrid language-vision machine learning model to recognize abstract concepts in video.

Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs
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Robot Takes Contact-Free Measurements of Patients' Vital Signs

Researchers are using dog-like robots from Boston Dynamics to remotely measure patients' vital signs.

'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One
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'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing, Communication in One

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have unveiled a quantum computing architecture that performs low-error computations while rapidly sharing quantum...

Scaling Up the Quantum Chip
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Scaling Up the Quantum Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a process for manufacturing and integrating artificial atoms with photonic circuitry.

Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation
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Our Itch to Share Helps Spread Covid-19 Misinformation

A new study has found that when people consume news on social media, their penchant to share that news undermines their ability to assess its accuracy.

CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank
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CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of researchers designed a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of Covid-19.

Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip
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Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a 'brain on a chip' composed of tens of thousands of memristors.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?
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How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?

Two economics professors have determined that the replacement of human workers by robots is a tangible trend, although they say claims of total automation are overstated...
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