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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking
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New System Allows For High-Accuracy, Through-Wall, 3D Motion Tracking

Imagine playing a video game like Call of Duty or Battlefield and having the ability to lead your virtual army unit while moving freely throughout your house.

'wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools
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'wise Chisels': Art, Craftsmanship, and Power Tools

It's often easy to tell at a glance the difference between a mass-produced object and one that has been handcrafted: The handmade item is likely to have distinctive...

Surprisingly Simple Scheme for Self-Assembling Robots
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Surprisingly Simple Scheme for Self-Assembling Robots

M-Blocks are cube-shaped robots that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and move while suspended upside down. 

Bringing 'common Sense' to Text Analytics
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Bringing 'common Sense' to Text Analytics

Bringing "common sense" to artificial intelligence is one of the biggest challenges in computer science: It entails equipping computers with the shared knowledge...

Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

Artificial intelligence research has advanced significantly, but much work remains before computers can truly replicate or surpass human intelligence. 

Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions
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Artificial-Intelligence Research Revives Its Old Ambitions

The birth of artificial-intelligence research as an autonomous discipline is generally thought to have been the monthlong Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial...

Terramechanics Research Aims to Keep Mars Rovers Rolling
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Terramechanics Research Aims to Keep Mars Rovers Rolling

In May 2009, the Mars rover Spirit cracked through a crusty layer of Martian topsoil, sinking into softer underlying sand.

Views You Can ­se? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment
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Views You Can ­se? How Online Ratings Affect Your Judgment

Are you influenced by the opinions of other people—say, in the comments sections of websites?

Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language
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Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it's...

Protecting Data in the Cloud
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Protecting Data in the Cloud

A new type of secure hardware component can disguise a server's memory-access patterns. 

New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls
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New System ­ses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—even Behind Walls

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.

Seeing the Human Pulse
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Seeing the Human Pulse

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a new algorithm that can accurately measure the heart rates of people...

Multiview 3-D Photography Made Simple
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Multiview 3-D Photography Made Simple

Researchers have developed a system that helps users transform a regular camera into a light-field camera that can record high-resolution, multiview images. 

Automatically Grading Programming Homework
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Automatically Grading Programming Homework

Researchers have created software that points out inaccuracies in student programming and offers suggestions for improvement. 

Making Quantum Encryption Practical
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Making Quantum Encryption Practical

One of the many promising applications of quantum mechanics in the information sciences is quantum key distribution (QKD) in which the counterintuitive behavior...

Finding a Gecko in the Crowd
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Finding a Gecko in the Crowd

The SLOOP software system is designed to automate part of the process of matching images of animals in massive catalogs. 

New Research Could Let Vehicles, Robots Collaborate with Humans
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New Research Could Let Vehicles, Robots Collaborate with Humans

Researchers are developing robotic systems that can negotiate with people to determine the best way to achieve their goals.

Valuing Versatility
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Valuing Versatility

It's often said that we live in an age of increased specialization: physicians who treat just one ailment, scholars who study just one period, network administrators...

Practicing Medicine at the Nanoscale
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Practicing Medicine at the Nanoscale

Modern medicine is largely based on treating patients with "small-molecule" drugs, which include pain relievers like aspirin and antibiotics such as penicillin.

Teaching Robots Lateral Thinking
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Teaching Robots Lateral Thinking

Many commercial robotic arms perform what roboticists call "pick and place" tasks: The arm picks up an object in one location and places it in another.
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