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Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber
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Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle.

Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots
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Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots

A reinforcement learning approach trains robots using crowdsourced feedback from nonexpert users.

Synthetic Imagery Sets New Bar in AI Training Efficiency
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Synthetic Imagery Sets New Bar in AI Training Efficiency

A team of researchers demonstrated that training machine learning models with synthetic images can outperform traditional training methods using real images.

Engineers Are on a Failure-Finding Mission
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Engineers Are on a Failure-Finding Mission

An algorithm developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers aims to identify potential failures in simulated autonomous systems prior to their real...

Using Language to Give Robots a Better Grasp of Open-Ended World
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Using Language to Give Robots a Better Grasp of Open-Ended World

The Feature Fields for Robotic Manipulation method helps robots identify nearby objects by forming three-dimensional scenes from two-dimensional images and vision...

Making Genetic Prediction Models More Inclusive
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Making Genetic Prediction Models More Inclusive

Computer scientists created a more inclusive, more accurate genetic prediction model by using computational and statistical techniques to study individuals' unique...

Shape-Shifting Fiber Produces Morphing Fabrics
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Shape-Shifting Fiber Produces Morphing Fabrics

The FibeRobo programmable fiber can change shape in response to temperature changes.

Study Decodes Surprising Approach Mice Take in Learning
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Study Decodes Surprising Approach Mice Take in Learning

Neuroscientists studied the behavior of mice in a learn-reward situation, with the aim of teaching the mice to turn a wheel left or right to receive a reward.

Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See
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Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other researchers developed a technique that uses computer-generated data to help vision and language models better understand...

ML System Based on Light Could Yield More Powerful, Efficient LLMs
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ML System Based on Light Could Yield More Powerful, Efficient LLMs

A team of researchers has developed a light-based machine learning system that could surpass the system behind ChatGPT in terms of power and efficiency, while also...

Superconducting Device Could Dramatically Cut Energy Use in Computing, Other Applications
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Superconducting Device Could Dramatically Cut Energy Use in Computing, Other Applications

A simple superconducting device developed by MIT researchers could help achieve significant reductions in energy usage by high-power computing systems and potentially...

A New Way to Look at Data Privacy
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A New Way to Look at Data Privacy

A new metric allows a small amount of noise to be added to models to protect sensitive data while maintaining the model's accuracy.

Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do
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Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers trained an artificial neural network to function like the brain's inferior temporal cortex to improve computer...

Researchers Grow Precise Arrays of nanoLEDs
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Researchers Grow Precise Arrays of nanoLEDs

A new technique produces perovskite nanocrystals right where they are needed, so the exceedingly delicate materials can be integrated into nanoscale devices.

Researchers Develop New Source of Quantum Light
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Researchers Develop New Source of Quantum Light

The device emits a stream of single photons and could provide a basis for optical quantum computers.

Atlas of Human Brain Blood Vessels Highlights Changes in Alzheimer's Disease
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Atlas of Human Brain Blood Vessels Highlights Changes in Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists created a molecular atlas of human brain blood vessels to highlight Alzheimer's disease-related changes across six regions.
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