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Four-Legged Robotic System for Playing Soccer on Various Terrains
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Four-Legged Robotic System for Playing Soccer on Various Terrains

The four-legged DribbleBot robot developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can dribble soccer balls using onboard sensors, computing, and reinforcement...

Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials
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Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials

A new computational model may be used to predict which metal-organic framework structures will be most stable for a given application.

Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage
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Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage

Artificial muscles created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can enable insect-sized aerial robots to repair themselves following damage.

Python-Based Compiler Achieves Performance Speedups
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Python-Based Compiler Achieves Performance Speedups

The Codon compiler, from a team led by researchers from MIT CSAIL, allows developers to create new domain-specific languages within Python while achieving performance...

Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects
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Augmented Reality Headset Enables Users to See Hidden Objects

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have combined computer vision and wireless perception into X-AR, an augmented reality (AR) headset that can visualize...

Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency
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Chip for Decoding Data Transmissions Demonstrates Record-Breaking Energy Efficiency

The Ordered Reliability Bits Guessing Random Additive Noise Decoding decoder chip uses a more energy-efficient technique for decoding data transmissions based on...

3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing
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3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing

Physicists developed a procedure to enable the creation of three-dimensionally printed replicas of patients’ hearts.

Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'
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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'

MIT engineers have formulated a method of controlling the spins of atomic nuclei as quantum bits using two different-colored laser beams.

A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool
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A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool

A wireless technique enables a super-cold quantum computer to send and receive data without generating too much error-causing heat.

Ingestible Sensor Could Help Doctors Pinpoint GI Difficulties
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Ingestible Sensor Could Help Doctors Pinpoint GI Difficulties

An ingestible sensor can be monitored as it travels through the digestive tract, helping doctors to diagnose gastrointestinal ailments more precisely.

AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk
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AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk

A new artificial intelligence tool can perform lung cancer risk assessments without the help of a radiologist.

Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics
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Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics

MIT researchers lay out a strategy for how universities can help the U.S. regain its place as a semiconductor superpower.

Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices
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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices

A new quantum computing architecture can facilitate extensible, high-fidelity communication between superconducting quantum chips.

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code
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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code

Researchers found that the brain's demand and language systems encode specific code properties that correlate with machine-learned representations.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices
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Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were part of a team that built a new system to simplify the process of designing fluidic devices.

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing
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Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing

New technique could diminish errors that hamper the performance of super-fast analog optical neural networks.

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain
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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.

Engineers Build Battery-Free, Wireless Underwater Camera
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Engineers Build Battery-Free, Wireless Underwater Camera

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a battery-free, wireless underwater camera.

AI System Makes Models Like DALL-E 2 More Creative
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AI System Makes Models Like DALL-E 2 More Creative

The Composable Diffusion model can help artificial intelligence-based image generators produce more complex imagery with better comprehension.
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