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Quantifying Computing Power and Innovation
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Quantifying Computing Power and Innovation

Rapid increases in chip speed and power have fueled innovation in many industries, but the future trajectory of that progress may be in jeopardy.

Designing Software for Research Ethics
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Designing Software for Research Ethics

Ph.D. candidate Jonathan Zong found a lack of systems that earn and maintain public trust in large-scale online research, so he made one.

 The Intersection of Math, Computers, and Everything Else
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The Intersection of Math, Computers, and Everything Else

MIT senior Shardul Chiplunkar aims to be a translator between the tech world and the rest of society

Vivienne Sze: Crossing the Hardware-Software Divide for Efficient AI
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Vivienne Sze: Crossing the Hardware-Software Divide for Efficient AI

MIT Associate Professor Vivienne Sze discusses why we need low-power AI now, and more.

Devavrat Shah on Curbing Online Misinformation
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Devavrat Shah on Curbing Online Misinformation

MIT Professor Devavrat Shah shares his thoughts on human content moderation, recommendation algorithms, and diluting the spread of misinformation online.

Nancy Hopkins on Improving Gender Equality in Academia
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Nancy Hopkins on Improving Gender Equality in Academia

Amgen Professor of Biology Emerita Nancy Hopkins advocates for more inclusive science and advises how to get there.

Catherine D'Ignazio on Visualizing COVID-19 Data
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Catherine D'Ignazio on Visualizing COVID-19 Data

Catherine D'Ignazio, assistant professor of urban science and planning at MIT, speaks about the current boom in COVID-19 data visualizations, and how data visualizers...

Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT
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Ritu Raman on the WISDM Database at MIT

Postdoc Ritu Raman speaks about the WISDM platform she developed to highlight female speakers at MIT.

Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs
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Collaborating With Users to Develop Accessible Designs

Co-authors Alan Lundgard, Crystal Lee, and Arvind Satyanarayan discuss "Sociotechnical Considerations for Accessible Visualization Design," published in the journal IEEE...

A Bold Mission to Touch the Sun
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A Bold Mission to Touch the Sun

On Sunday, August 12, NASA launched a bold mission to fly directly into the sun's atmosphere, with a spacecraft named the Parker Solar Probe, after solar astrophysicist...

D. Fox Harrell on His Video Game For the #metoo Era
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D. Fox Harrell on His Video Game For the #metoo Era

In an interview, Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor D. Fox Harrell discusses the development of Grayscale, a video game designed to make players sensitive...

On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics
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On the Future of Human-Centered Robotics

A major theme in recent political discourse has been the perceived impact of robots and automation on the United States labor economy.

How MIT Gave 'ghostbusters' Its 'geek Cred'
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How MIT Gave 'ghostbusters' Its 'geek Cred'

The energetic researchers who grounded the new "Ghostbusters" in hard science—giving it "geek cred"—are using a flurry of media attention to alter public perceptions...

3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on Nasa's Soil-Moisture Mission
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3 Questions: Dara Entekhabi on Nasa's Soil-Moisture Mission

Dara Entekhabi, an MIT professor of civil and environmental engineering and of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences, is the science team leader of NASA's ...

Q&a: John Durant and David Kaiser on Spurring Public Interest in Science
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Q&a: John Durant and David Kaiser on Spurring Public Interest in Science

John Durant, director of the MIT Museum, and David Kaiser, director of MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society, discuss the best ways to get the general...

Harnessing the Speed of Light
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Harnessing the Speed of Light

The fields of data communication, fabrication, and ultrasound imaging share a common challenge when it comes to improving speed and efficiency: light's diffraction...

The Complexonaut
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The Complexonaut

When he was in elementary school, Scott Aaronson, like many mathematically precocious kids of his generation, dreamed of making his own video games.

Social Physics
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Social Physics

Since 2001, the Human Dynamics Laboratory at the MIT Media Lab has used digital technologies—from home-brewed portable sensors to cellphone call records—to try...

Randolph Kirchain on the Spread of Electronic Waste
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Randolph Kirchain on the Spread of Electronic Waste

Randolph Kirchain, a senior research scientist in MIT's Engineering Systems Division, has long specialized in analyzing the raw materials used to manufacture new...

Don Boroson on Nasa's Record-Breaking ­se of Laser Communications
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Don Boroson on Nasa's Record-Breaking ­se of Laser Communications

Last week, NASA announced that the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) on its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft had made...
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