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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. 

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...

Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results
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Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results

Researchers have made progress on the longstanding challenge of developing a band gap property in graphene, essential for using the material to make transistors...

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...

Making Sense of Medical Sensors
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Making Sense of Medical Sensors

MIT's Imaging Group is studying the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to identify chemical compounds.

Sorting Out the Structure of a Parkinson’s Protein
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Sorting Out the Structure of a Parkinson’s Protein

A new model of the structure of the protein most commonly associated with Parkinson's disease could lead to a new way to treat the disease. 

Can Control Theory Make Software Better?
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Can Control Theory Make Software Better?

Researchers recently demonstrated the application of control theory principles to formal verification, in a method that could benefit approximate computation. 

Making Cloud Computing More Efficient
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Making Cloud Computing More Efficient

DBSeer could alleviate cloud computing inefficiencies that arise from the overprovisioning that occurs with database-intensive applications. 

How to Predict the Progress of Technology
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How to Predict the Progress of Technology

Moore’s Law and Wright’s Law offer the best predictions of the pace of technological progress, researchers say. 

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.

MIT Researchers Build Quad Hd Tv Chip
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MIT Researchers Build Quad Hd Tv Chip

A new high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) chip demonstrates that implementing HEVC algorithms in silicon chips is possible. 
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