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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...

In The World: Mapping the Logistics of Megacities
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In The World: Mapping the Logistics of Megacities

Logistics data on neighborhoods in several world cities is available online in an open-access pool of information that is graphically represented on city maps. 

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.

3-D Mapping in Real Time, Without the Drift
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3-D Mapping in Real Time, Without the Drift

A new mapping algorithm that creates real-time, detailed three-dimensional maps of indoor and outdoor environments. 

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?

Reliable Communication, ­nreliable Networks
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Reliable Communication, ­nreliable Networks

Researchers recently unveiled a new framework for analyzing ad hoc networks. 

Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain
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Neuroscientists Plant False Memories in the Brain

The phenomenon of false memory has been well-documented: In many court cases, defendants have been found guilty based on testimony from witnesses and victims who...

Research Update: Genome Editing Becomes More Accurate
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Research Update: Genome Editing Becomes More Accurate

Earlier this year, MIT researchers developed a way to easily and efficiently edit the genomes of living cells. Now, the researchers have discovered key factors...

A Faster Internet--Designed By Computers?
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A Faster Internet--Designed By Computers?

A new computer system generates transmission control protocol algorithms with transmission rates two to three times higher than those designed by humans. 

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...

Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor
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Researchers Build an All-Optical Transistor

Researchers have created an optical switch that’s controlled by a single photon.

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. 

Pruning the Power Grid
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Pruning the Power Grid

A new algorithm identifies the most dangerous pairs of failures among the millions of possible failures in a power grid. 

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.

New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing
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New Algorithm Finds Best Routes For One-Way Car Sharing

A newly developed vehicle-routing algorithm is designed to help rebalance one-way vehicle-sharing systems. 

Cheap, Color, Holographic Video
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Cheap, Color, Holographic Video

A new way to create holograms could significantly lower the cost of color holographic-video displays and boost conventional 2D display resolution. 

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. 

Securing the Cloud
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Securing the Cloud

Researchers have created an encryption algorithm that could improve security for cloud computing technology. 
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