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Vision System For Household Robots
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Vision System For Household Robots

For household robots ever to be practical, they'll need to be able to recognize the objects they're supposed to manipulate.

In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain
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In One Aspect of Vision, Computers Catch ­p to Primate Brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have found the most recent version of deep neural networks match the primate brain. 

New Way to Turn Genes On
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New Way to Turn Genes On

Using a gene-editing system originally developed to delete specific genes, MIT researchers have now shown that they can reliably turn on any gene of their choosing...

Detecting Gases Wirelessly and Cheaply
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Detecting Gases Wirelessly and Cheaply

MIT chemists have devised a new way to wirelessly detect hazardous gases and environmental pollutants, using a simple sensor that can be read by a smartphone.

New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical
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New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical

Researchers have developed a new kind of load driver that could enable biological circuits to behave almost as predictably as electronic circuits. 

Diagnostic Exhalations
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Diagnostic Exhalations

Researchers say an algorithm they developed can accurately determine whether a patient is suffering from emphysema or heart failure based on their breath.

Projecting a Robot's Intentions
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Projecting a Robot's Intentions

Measurable virtual reality combines ceiling-mounted projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot's intentions in real time...

Manual Control
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Manual Control

Mezzanine is a collaborative-conferencing system that enables multiple users to share and control digital content from any device using gesture controls. 

Visual Control of Big Data
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Visual Control of Big Data

DBWipes is a new data visualization tool that enables users to highlight abnormalities and possible patterns in a graphical display. 

Squishy Robots
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Squishy Robots

A new phase-change material built from wax and foam, that is capable of switching between hard and soft states, could be used to construct inexpensive robots. 

Drone Lighting: Autonomous Vehicles Could Automatically Assume the Right Positions for Photographic Lighting
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Drone Lighting: Autonomous Vehicles Could Automatically Assume the Right Positions for Photographic Lighting

A team of researchers is developing algorithms to let photographers use camera-mounted controls to guide drone-mounted lights into just the right position. 

Bake Your Own Robot
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Bake Your Own Robot

Printable robots—those that can be assembled from parts produced by 3-D printers—have long been a topic of research in the lab of Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna...

Glasses-Free 3D Projector
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Glasses-Free 3D Projector

Researchers have developed a glasses-free, multi-perspective, three-dimensional video screen.

Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap
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Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap

Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications—from explosives detection to collision...

Social Physics
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Social Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab Human Dynamics Laboratory director Alex Pentland is working on a new theory of human social interaction. 

Self-Completing Programs
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Self-Completing Programs

The Sketch programming language enables programmers to leave out some coding details, with Sketch filling in the blanks. 

Smarter Caching
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Smarter Caching

Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller.

Seeing Things: A New Transparent Display System Could Provide Heads-up Data
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Seeing Things: A New Transparent Display System Could Provide Heads-up Data

Transparent displays have a variety of potential applications—such as the ability to see navigation or dashboard information while looking through the windshield...

Marvin Minsky Honored For Lifetime Achievements in Artificial Intelligence
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Marvin Minsky Honored For Lifetime Achievements in Artificial Intelligence

MIT Media Lab professor emeritus Marvin Minsky, 86, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has won the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award...

New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth
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New Approach to Vertex Connectivity Could Maximize Networks' Bandwidth

Researchers say they have developed a technique for addressing vertex-connectivity problems. 
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