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What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!
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What's Wasting Power at Home? Ask Your App!

New technology could make it much easier for consumers to accurately determine how much power is being consumed by each device in their home.

Reach in and Touch Objects in Videos With 'interactive Dynamic Video'
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Reach in and Touch Objects in Videos With 'interactive Dynamic Video'

Interactive Dynamic Video is a new imaging method that can simulate the tactile sensation of objects in videos using cameras and algorithms.

Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand
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Portable Device Produces Biopharmaceuticals on Demand

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has funded the development of a portable on-demand biopharmaceutical production system.

First Major Database of Non-Native English
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First Major Database of Non-Native English

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have issued the first major database of fully annotated English sentences written by non-native English...

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale
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New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli
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Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have used synthetic biology to program cells to remember and respond to a series of events.

Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli
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Scientists Program Cells to Remember and Respond to Series of Stimuli

Synthetic biology allows researchers to program cells to perform novel functions such as fluorescing in response to a particular chemical or producing drugs in...

Exploring Networks Efficiently
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Exploring Networks Efficiently

Researchers are hypothesizing that the study of ant colony behavior could lead to improved network communication algorithms.

Robert Fano, Computing Pioneer and Founder of Csail, Dies at 98
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Robert Fano, Computing Pioneer and Founder of Csail, Dies at 98

A professor emeritus helped launch field of information theory and developed early time-sharing computers.

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

New technology for protecting anonymity online provides stronger security guarantees but uses bandwidth much more efficiently than previous anonymity networks.

How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of vulnerabilities in the most...

Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, ­sing Graphene
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Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, ­sing Graphene

Researchers have discovered a sheet of graphene can cause an electric current to surpass the speed of decelerated light and rapidly generate a focused beam. 

'super Mario Brothers' Is Hard
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'super Mario Brothers' Is Hard

Researchers found the problem of solving a level in the "Super Mario Brothers" video game is as challenging as the most vexing problems in the PSPACE complexity...

Automatic Bug Finder
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Automatic Bug Finder

Researchers have moved closer to enabling symbolic execution of applications written via programming frameworks. 

We Know Where You Live
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We Know Where You Live

Researchers have demonstrated that snoopers armed with little sophisticated technology can expose the home and workplace addresses of Twitter users. 

Ingestible Origami Robot
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Ingestible Origami Robot

Researchers have demonstrated an origami robot that can unfold from a ingestible capsule and use external magnetic fields to navigate across the stomach wall.

Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?
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Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?

Three studies have found tablet use effective in improving performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness by children in economically disadvantaged countries...

Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies
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Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies

A course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory aimed to create a fleet of duckie-adorned self-driving...

Robotic Consensus
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Robotic Consensus

Planning algorithms for teams of robots fall into two categories: centralized algorithms, in which a single computer makes decisions for the whole team, and decentralized...

Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually
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Experiencing ­nderwater Worlds, Virtually

Dhruv Jain led the creation of a scuba-diving simulator as part of his Amphibian virtual reality project. 
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