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­sing Light to Control Genome Editing
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­sing Light to Control Genome Editing

Researchers have added a new technique to the CRISPR genome-editing system that lets scientists control when and where gene editing occurs by using ultraviolet...

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.

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...

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. 

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.

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...

First-Ever 3d Printed Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids
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First-Ever 3d Printed Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids

Researchers have developed "printable hydraulics," a technique for three-dimensional printing of robots involving simultaneously printing solid and liquid materials...

Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors
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Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors

Researchers have developed an infrared depth-sensing system, built from a smartphone with a $10 laser attached to it, that works indoors and outdoors. 

Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams
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Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams

Researchers say they have developed a new way of modeling robot collaboration. 

Crunching Quantum Code
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Crunching Quantum Code

Researchers have developed a quantum computer design featuring an array of superconducting islands on top of a topological insulator. 

Hack-Proof Rfid Chips
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Hack-Proof Rfid Chips

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas Instruments have developed a virtually hack-proof radio-frequency identification chip.

Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks
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Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers  this week introduced a new chip that implements neural networks.

Nanodevices at One-Hundredth the Cost
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Nanodevices at One-Hundredth the Cost

In a recent paper, researchers described a method of inexpensively producing a type of microelectromechanical system with desktop fabrication system. 

Untraceable Communication—guaranteed
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Untraceable Communication—guaranteed

Anonymity networks, which sit on top of the public Internet, are designed to conceal people’s Web-browsing habits from prying eyes.

Nasa Gives MIT a Humanoid Robot to Develop Software For Future Space Missions
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Nasa Gives MIT a Humanoid Robot to Develop Software For Future Space Missions

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is home to one of two university research groups to receive a 6-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot. 

Self-Driving Golf Carts
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Self-Driving Golf Carts

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology recently conducted an experiment in which self-driving golf carts carried 500 tourists around winding paths...
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