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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah
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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

A new control system enhances the speed and agility of legged robots as they leap across gaps.

Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing
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Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a less costly, less wasteful machine learning system for identifying three-dimensionally-printable materials.

These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing
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These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing

Researchers have shown that a specific neural network can learn the cause-and-effect structure of a navigation task it is taught.

Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach
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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.

AI Is Smart, but Does It Play Well with Others?
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AI Is Smart, but Does It Play Well with Others?

Researchers explored humans' ability to play a card game with an artificial intelligence model trained to play with teammates never before encountered.

Robot Finds Lost Items
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Robot Finds Lost Items

A robotic arm can track down lost items using a camera and radio frequency antenna attached to its gripper.

Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19
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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.

Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network
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Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Scientists have programmed a universal algorithm to enable a silicon chip to decode any data transmitted across a network, irrespective of structure.

Study: Crowds Can Wise Up to Fake News
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Study: Crowds Can Wise Up to Fake News

Scientists suggest crowdsourced assessments from groups of normal readers can virtually match those of professional fact-checkers in vetting news stories.

Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions
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Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions

MIT researchers find new way to quantify the uncertainty in molecular energies predicted by neural networks

Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control
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Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control

Engineers have constructed an inflatable neuroprosthetic hand that restored rudimentary sensation to an amputee's residual limb.

Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery
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Machine Learning Discovers Sequences to Boost Drug Delivery

Researchers have developed an approach that uses experimental chemistry and artificial intelligence to facilitate delivery of a drug to treat Duchenne muscular...

System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds
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System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds

New algorithm could enable fast, nimble drones for time-critical operations such as search and rescue

Touchy-Feely Glove Senses, Maps Tactile Stimuli
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Touchy-Feely Glove Senses, Maps Tactile Stimuli

A team of engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and China's Southern University of Science and Technology has designed a touch-sensing glove capable...

Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing
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Clearing the Way Toward Robust Quantum Computing

A technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology removes common errors in the operation of a two-quantum bit (qubit).

Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale
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Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale

Researchers have designed a model for generating digital twins—precise computer simulations—at scale.

AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation
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AI System Could Help Counter the Spread of Disinformation

The Reconnaissance of Influence Operations program was developed to identify disinformation narratives and the individuals spreading them via social media.

Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber
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Engineers Create a Programmable Fiber

Engineering researchers collaborated on the design of the first programmable digital fiber.

Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items
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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Researchers have developed a slender robot finger with tactile sensing capabilities that can help locate and identify buried objects.

Does Correcting Online Falsehoods Make Matters Worse?
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Does Correcting Online Falsehoods Make Matters Worse?

A Twitter field experiment found that after corrections to tweeted misinformation, there was an increase in retweeting lower-quality and more partisan news.
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