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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices
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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers have made flexible and stretchable photonic devices using a specialized type of glass formed into a spring-like coil.

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis
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Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis

FeatureHub is a new collaboration tool designed to make feature identification more efficient and effective.

Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs
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Let Your Car Tell You What It Needs

Researchers are developing software that measures automotive sounds and communicates any service requirements and other diagnostic information to drivers via a...

Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips
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Material Could Bring Optical Communication Onto Silicon Chips

Researchers say they have created a solution to the "interconnect bottleneck" that slows communication between different chip elements.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection
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Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

Researchers are working to apply artificial intelligence to improving the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage
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Fast-Moving Magnetic Particles Could Enable New Form of Data Storage

Researchers have shown they can create tiny disturbances in magnetic orientation at will in specific locations, which they say could be used to make a more efficient...

'Superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits for Different Tasks
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'Superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits for Different Tasks

Primer is a shape-shifting robot that can reconfigure itself into different exoskeletal "outfits" to perform distinct tasks.

Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient
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Making Datacenters More Energy Efficient

BlueCache is a more energy-efficient datacenter caching system that uses flash memory.

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care
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Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Researchers are investigating how computers can enhance medical decisions.

Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects
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Designing the Microstructure of Printed Objects

Researchers have developed a design system to catalog the physical characteristics of a huge number of tiny cube clusters that can function as building blocks for...

New AI Algorithm Monitors Sleep With Radio Waves
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New AI Algorithm Monitors Sleep With Radio Waves

A new sleep monitoring system uses an algorithm to analyze radio signals around subjects and translate those measurements into sleep stages.

Automatic Image Retouching on Your Phone
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Automatic Image Retouching on Your Phone

Researchers have developed a cellphone-based system that can automatically retouch images.

Reshaping Computer-Aided Design
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Reshaping Computer-Aided Design

Researchers have developed InstantCAD to facilitate interactive real-time editing, enhancement, and optimization of computer-aided design  models via a simpler...

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses
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Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.

Using Chip Memory More Efficiently
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Using Chip Memory More Efficiently

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.

Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?
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Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Researchers have used a computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five U.S. cities.

New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage
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New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage

A new computer chip integrates carbon nanotubes and resistive random-access memory cells.

Practical Parallelism
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Practical Parallelism

Researchers have developed a system called Fractal that enables up to 88-fold acceleration in a parallelism strategy known as speculative execution.

Drones That Drive
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Drones That Drive

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.

Toward Optical Quantum Computing
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Toward Optical Quantum Computing

Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce...
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