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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. 

Picture-Perfect
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Picture-Perfect

MIT researchers have developed a processor chip that can quickly create more realistic or enhanced lighting in a photograph. 

Cell Circuits Remember Their History
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Cell Circuits Remember Their History

MIT researchers have developed genetic circuits in bacterial cells that perform logic functions and remember the results.

MIT Researchers Improve Quantum-Dot Performance
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MIT Researchers Improve Quantum-Dot Performance

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a process that produces quantum dots that are uniform in size and shape, give off brightView...

Storing Data in Individual Molecules
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Storing Data in Individual Molecules

Moore's law—the well-known doubling of computer chips' computational power every 18 months or so—has been paced by a similarly steady increase in the storage capacity...

Research Update: Multiple Steps Toward the 'quantum Singularity'
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Research Update: Multiple Steps Toward the 'quantum Singularity'

Four groups of researchers recently reported the completion of an experiment that involves generating individual photons and synchronizing their passage through...

Online Learning Tool Brings 'the Crowd' Into Homework Assignments
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Online Learning Tool Brings 'the Crowd' Into Homework Assignments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed Caesar, a computer system designed to provide students with feedback on their homework assignments...

The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife
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The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed milli-motein, a tiny robot that could lead to future devices that can fold themselves into almost...

The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife
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The Robotic Equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife

The device doesn't look like much: a caterpillar-sized assembly of metal rings and strips resembling something you might find buried in a home-workshop drawer.

Proving Quantum Computers Feasible
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Proving Quantum Computers Feasible

Quantum computers are devices—still largely theoretical—that could perform certain types of computations much faster than classical computers; one way they might...

Speeding Algorithms By Shrinking Data
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Speeding Algorithms By Shrinking Data

MIT researchers have developed a technique to represent data so that it takes up much less space in memory but can still be processed in conventional ways.  

Predicting What Topics Will Trend on Twitter
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Predicting What Topics Will Trend on Twitter

Twitter's home page features a regularly updated list of topics that are "trending," meaning that tweets about them have suddenly exploded in volume.

3 Questions: A Web For Everyone
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3 Questions: A Web For Everyone

During the opening ceremonies of this summer’s Olympic games in London, a musical performance culminated with a stage-set house rising into the rafters to reveal...

'Invisibility' Could Be a Key to Better Electronics
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'Invisibility' Could Be a Key to Better Electronics

MIT researchers have applied the concept of harnessing cloaking mechanisms developed to conceal objects from view to the movement of electrons, which could lead...

Mit's Csail Launches New Center to Tackle the Future of Wireless and Mobile Technologies
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Mit's Csail Launches New Center to Tackle the Future of Wireless and Mobile Technologies

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory recently launched Wireless@MIT, an interdisciplinary center focused on developing next-generation...

MIT Team Builds Most Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit Yet
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MIT Team Builds Most Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit Yet

MIT researchers have developed circuit components that do not interfere with one another, enabling them to produce complex synthetic circuits.  

Automatic Building Mapping Could Help Emergency Responders
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Automatic Building Mapping Could Help Emergency Responders

MIT researchers have built a wearable sensor system that automatically creates a digital map of the environment through which the wearer is moving.

Mapping Neurological Disease
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Mapping Neurological Disease

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that can analyze information from medical images to identify diseased areas of the brain and their connections with...

Making Web Applications More Efficient
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Making Web Applications More Efficient

Most major Websites these days maintain huge databases: Shopping sites have databases of inventory and customer ratings, travel sites have databases of seat availability...

Making Crowdsourcing Easier
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Making Crowdsourcing Easier

MIT researchers have developed Qurk, a database system that automatically crowdsources tasks that are difficult or impossible to perform computationally.
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