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Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers
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Ideas Global Challenge Team Profile: Wecyclers

A participant in MIT's IDEAS Global Challenge is Wecyclers, a crowdsourced recycling platform that will operate in Lagos, Nigeria, and is designed to incentivize...

A Camera That Peers Around Corners
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A Camera That Peers Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that can produce recognizable three-dimensional images of objects located around corners...

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Guiding Robot Planes with Hand Gestures

Aircraft-carrier crew use a set of standard hand gestures to guide planes on the carrier deck. But as robot planes are increasingly used for routine air missions...

Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line
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Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line

Sometimes the fastest pathway from point A to point B is not a straight line: for example, if you're underwater and contending with strong and shifting currents...

Testing Unbuilt Chips
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Testing Unbuilt Chips

MIT researchers have developed Hornet, a software simulator they say models the performance of multicore chips much more accurately than its predecessors.  

Hail to the Geeks
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Hail to the Geeks

Basketball dominates the American sports landscape in March. So perhaps it’s fitting that the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, held last week...

Tiny 3D Chips
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Tiny 3D Chips

Microelectromechanical systems, or MEMS, are small devices with huge potential. Typically made of components less than 100 microns in size—the diameter of a human...

Microchips' Optical Future
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Microchips' Optical Future

To keep energy consumption under control, future chips may need to move data using light instead of electricity—and the technical expertise to build them may reside...

New System Allows Robots to Continuously Map Their Environment
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New System Allows Robots to Continuously Map Their Environment

MIT researchers have developed a system that enables robots to create and continuously update a three-dimensional map of their environment using a low-cost camera...

The Blind Codemaker
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The Blind Codemaker

Researchers at MIT, Tel Aviv University, and Google have developed a coding scheme that guarantees the fastest possible delivery of data over fluctuating wireless...

Mitx Prototype Course Opens For Enrollment
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Mitx Prototype Course Opens For Enrollment

In December, MIT announced the launch of an online learning initiative called "MITx." Starting this week, interested learners can now enroll for free in the initiative’s...

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The Mathematics of Taste

The design of aromas—the flavors of packaged food and drink and the scents of cleaning products, toiletries and other household items—is a multibillion-dollar business...

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Speed Limit For Birds

The northern goshawk is one of nature’s diehard thrill-seekers.

The Quantifier
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The Quantifier

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Polina Golland is a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where...

How Research Goes Viral
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How Research Goes Viral

Scores of interesting new findings from the biosciences may speed around the globe at the click of a mouse, but one thing particularly encourages other researchers...

3-D Cameras For Cellphones
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3-D Cameras For Cellphones

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a three-dimensional device that provides more accurate depth information than Microsoft's Kinect...

Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread
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Traditional Social Networks Fueled Twitter's Spread

We've all heard it: The Internet has flattened the world, allowing social networks to spring up overnight, independent of geography or socioeconomic status.

Need a New Material? New Tool Can Help
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Need a New Material? New Tool Can Help

Thanks to a new online toolkit developed at MIT and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, any researcher who needs to find a material with specific properties—whether...

Data Mining Without Prejudice
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Data Mining Without Prejudice

A new technique for finding relationships between variables in large data sets makes no prior assumptions about what those relationships might be.

Sharpening the Lines
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Sharpening the Lines

Researchers at MIT and the University of Utah have developed a technique that they say surpasses the fundamental limits of microchip design and could lead to more...
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