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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.

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.

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...

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.

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 ...

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...

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...

Professor Emeritus Rodney Brooks Refines the Sequel to Irobot
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Professor Emeritus Rodney Brooks Refines the Sequel to Irobot

Professor emeritus Rodney Brooks gained fame in the 1990s for co-founding iRobot, an MIT spinoff that brought the world the Roomba and other innovative, helpful...

The Brains Behind Research on the Brain
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The Brains Behind Research on the Brain

While studying physics and electrical engineering as an MIT undergraduate in the late 1990s, Mehmet Fatih Yanik managed to avoid taking any biology classes until...

Opening Dropbox
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Opening Dropbox

If you walk the halls at MIT, you may notice a lot of students wearing T-shirts bearing the Dropbox logo. It's a simple design—an opened box—but one that carries...

Sal Khan: 'i Love Learning'
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Sal Khan: 'i Love Learning'

"If there was a Ph.D. in learning everything, I would do that," the always-enthusiastic Sal Khan '98, MEng '98 said in a talk Wednesday at MIT's Kresge Auditorium...

Nate Silver Presents Forecasting Work as Antidote to 'terrible' Political Pundits
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Nate Silver Presents Forecasting Work as Antidote to 'terrible' Political Pundits

Celebrated political forecaster Nate Silver has shot to fame by letting the data speak loudly about elections.

MIT Alums Recount Their Martian Experiences
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MIT Alums Recount Their Martian Experiences

Since NASA's Curiosity rover made its extraordinary Aug. 6 touchdown on Mars, it has been roving the Martian landscape, returning startling images.
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