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Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone
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Increasing Fuel Efficiency With a Smartphone

Researchers at MIT and Princeton University have developed SignalGuru, a system that uses a network of smartphones mounted on a car dashboard to collect information...

Simple Security For Wireless
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Simple Security For Wireless

A new wireless security scheme from MIT protects against man-in-the-middle attacks does not require password protection or some additional communications mechanism...

Milestone For MIT Press's Bestseller
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Milestone For MIT Press's Bestseller

On Thursday, Aug. 4, the MIT Press held a party in MIT's Stata Center to celebrate the sale of the 500,000th copy of the textbook Introduction to Algorithms....

Perfect Communication With Imperfect Chips
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Perfect Communication With Imperfect Chips

Massachusetts Institute of Technology research affiliate Lav Varshney has shown that some of the most commonly used codes in telecommunications can guarantee the...

A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers
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A New Planning Tool Helps Direct Traffic on Aircraft Carriers

On the deck of an aircraft carrier, where up to 60 aircraft are crammed into 4.5 acres (1.8 hectares), real estate is at a premium. While aircraft directors wave...

Scientists Unveil Tools for Rewriting the Code of Life
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Scientists Unveil Tools for Rewriting the Code of Life

MIT and Harvard researchers have developed technologies that could be used to rewrite the genetic code of a living cell, allowing them to make large-scale edits...

Living in the Digital Ecosystem
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Living in the Digital Ecosystem

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman talks data mash-ups, entrepreneurship, and how his site keeps people honest.

How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates
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How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method for controlling the shapes of submicroprocessors that makes it possible to build entire...

Computer Learns Language By Playing Games
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Computer Learns Language By Playing Games

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Regina Marzilay has adapted a system she developed to generate scripts for installing software on a Windows computer...

Improving Recommendation Systems
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Improving Recommendation Systems

MIT professor Devavrat Shah thinks that the most common approach to recommendation systems is fundamentally flawed; he says recommendation systems should ask users...

Safer Skies
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Safer Skies

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that by 2020, all commercial aircraft—and small aircraft flying near most airports—must be equipped with...

Layer ­pon Layer
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Layer ­pon Layer

Graphene, a form of pure carbon arranged in a lattice just one atom thick, has interested countless researchers with its unique strength and its electrical and...

Protecting Medical Implants from Attack
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Protecting Medical Implants from Attack

Millions of Americans have implantable medical devices, from pacemakers and defibrillators to brain stimulators and drug pumps; worldwide, 300,000 more people...

'smart Cars' That Are Actually, Well, Smart
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'smart Cars' That Are Actually, Well, Smart

MIT researchers are developing an intelligent transportation system algorithm that factors in models of human driving behavior to warn drivers of potential collisions...

Streamlined Rules For Robots
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Streamlined Rules For Robots

With the explosion of the Internet and the commoditization of autonomous robots (such as the Roomba) and small sensors (such as the ones in most cell phones),...

Long Live the Qubit!
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Long Live the Qubit!

A quantum computer is a device—still largely theoretical—that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit...

Finding an Edge
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Finding an Edge

MIT researchers Jason Chang and John Fisher have developed an algorithm that can determine object boundaries in digital images with at least 50,000 times greater...

Honing Household Helpers
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Honing Household Helpers

Imagine a robot able to retrieve a pile of laundry from the back of a cluttered closet, deliver it to a washing machine, start the cycle and then zip off to the...

Tracking the Flow of Knowledge
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Tracking the Flow of Knowledge

Do scientists' job locations have any impact on the way their work spreads? Or, in today’s highly networked world, does research flow around the globe without...

Which Technologies Get Better Faster?
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Which Technologies Get Better Faster?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a mathematical model to predict which technologies are the most likely to rapidly advance and be...
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