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DNA Design That Anyone Can Do
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DNA Design That Anyone Can Do

A new computer program allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA.

Customizing Computer-Aided Design
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Customizing Computer-Aided Design

A new technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology "reverse-engineers" complex three-dimensional (3-D) computer-aided design...

Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark
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Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark

Engineers used a deep neural network to train a computer to reconstruct transparent objects from images captured in almost total darkness.

Team Invents Method to Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale
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Team Invents Method to Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale

MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials...

Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly
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Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly

A new ingestible capsule can be customized to dispatch drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both, and can remain in the stomach for at least a month.

Why Some Wikipedia Disputes Go Unresolved
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Why Some Wikipedia Disputes Go Unresolved

Researchers found that factors such as excessive bickering and poorly worded arguments led to about a third of Requests for Comment by Wikipedia editors going unresolved...

E.T., We're Home
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E.T., We're Home

If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into...

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers
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Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.

Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms
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Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms

A new automated system assesses dense breast tissue in mammograms as reliably as human radiologists.

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes
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A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

A new system uses reflected wireless signals to identify occupants within a home, even when they are not carrying mobile devices.

Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection
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Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection

A new machine learning technique can drastically reduce false positives in fraud-detecting technology that incorrectly flag credit card sales as suspicious.

Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing
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Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed software that could inform the selection of landing sites for scientific expeditions to Mars.

Machine Learning System Tackles Speech and Object Recognition, All at Once
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Machine Learning System Tackles Speech and Object Recognition, All at Once

A new system can learn to identify objects within an image, based on a spoken description of the image.

Creating 3D-Printed 'Motion Sculptures' From 2D Videos
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Creating 3D-Printed 'Motion Sculptures' From 2D Videos

A new algorithm can take two-dimensional videos and turn them into three-dimensionally-printed "motion sculptures" that show how a human body moves through space...

Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box
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Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box

Researchers are using two main approaches to replacing black-box machine learning models with prediction methods that are more transparent.

Robots Can Now Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It
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Robots Can Now Pick Up Any Object After Inspecting It

Dense Object Nets is a system that lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand them enough to accomplish specific tasks without having seen them...

Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations
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Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations

A new neural network model can analyze raw text and audio data from clinical interviews to detect speech patterns signaling depression.

A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'
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A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'

A new "in-body global-positioning system" can locate ingestible implants within the body using low-power wireless signals.

Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier
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Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier

MIT researchers have taken a step toward solving a longstanding challenge with wireless communication: direct data transmission between underwater and airborne...

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
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Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...
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