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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking
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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking

WiTrack is a new a three-dimensional (3D) motion-tracking technology that uses radio signals to track a person through walls and other obstacles. 

New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking
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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking

Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.

3-D Images, With Only One Photon Per Pixel
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3-D Images, With Only One Photon Per Pixel

Lidar rangefinders, which are common tools in surveying and in autonomous-vehicle control, among other applications, gauge depth by emitting short bursts of laser...

'wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools
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'wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools

It's often easy to tell at a glance the difference between a mass-produced object and one that has been handcrafted: The handmade item is likely to have distinctive...

How to Program Unreliable Chips
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How to Program Unreliable Chips

As transistors get smaller, they also become less reliable.

Big Plans For Small Spacecraft
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Big Plans For Small Spacecraft

It's hard to miss the rocket engine in Paulo Lozano's MIT office.

Making Martian Clouds on Earth
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Making Martian Clouds on Earth

At first glance, Mars' clouds might easily be mistaken for those on Earth: Images of the Martian sky, taken by NASA's Opportunity rover, depict gauzy, high-altitude...

New Kind of Microscope Uses Neutrons
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New Kind of Microscope Uses Neutrons

Researchers at MIT, working with partners at NASA, have developed a new concept for a microscope that would use neutrons—subatomic particles with no electrical...

Graphene Could Yield Cheaper Optical Chips
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Graphene Could Yield Cheaper Optical Chips

A new application for graphene in photodetectors could convert optical signals to electrical signals in integrated optoelectronic computer chips. 

Research Brings ­nbreakable Phones One Step Closer
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Research Brings ­nbreakable Phones One Step Closer

A new method for transferring versatile electronics onto a flexible surface could contribute to the development of flexible displays, solar cells, and energy harvesters...

Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

The birth of artificial-intelligence research as an autonomous discipline is generally thought to have been the monthlong Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial...

Terramechanics Research Aims to Keep Mars Rovers Rolling
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Terramechanics Research Aims to Keep Mars Rovers Rolling

In May 2009, the Mars rover Spirit cracked through a crusty layer of Martian topsoil, sinking into softer underlying sand.

Research Update: Genome Editing Becomes More Accurate
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Research Update: Genome Editing Becomes More Accurate

Earlier this year, MIT researchers developed a way to easily and efficiently edit the genomes of living cells. Now, the researchers have discovered key factors...

Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor
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Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

Researchers have created an optical switch that’s controlled by a single photon.

Protecting Data in the Cloud
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Protecting Data in the Cloud

A new type of secure hardware component can disguise a server's memory-access patterns. 

New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls
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New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.

Cheap, Color, Holographic Video
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Cheap, Color, Holographic Video

A new way to create holograms could significantly lower the cost of color holographic-video displays and boost conventional 2D display resolution. 

Seeing the Human Pulse
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Seeing the Human Pulse

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new algorithm that can accurately measure the heart rates of people...

Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results
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Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results

Researchers have made progress on the longstanding challenge of developing a band gap property in graphene, essential for using the material to make transistors...

How to Predict the Progress of Technology
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How to Predict the Progress of Technology

Moore’s Law and Wright’s Law offer the best predictions of the pace of technological progress, researchers say. 
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