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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.

One-Molecule-Thick Material Has Big Advantages
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One-Molecule-Thick Material Has Big Advantages

MIT researchers have developed a method for using molybdenum disulfide to make a variety of electronic components.

New Router Enhances the Precision of Woodworking
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New Router Enhances the Precision of Woodworking

Anyone who has tried to build a piece of furniture from scratch knows the frustration of painstakingly cutting pieces of wood, only to discover that they won't...

Research ­pdate: Chips With Self-Assembling Rectangles
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Research ­pdate: Chips With Self-Assembling Rectangles

MIT researchers have developed an approach to creating the array of wires on microchips that uses a system of self-assembling polymers. The process produces arrays...

Lessons Learned From Mitx's Prototype Course
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Lessons Learned From Mitx's Prototype Course

MIT and Harvard University are preparing to offer free online courses in the fall through the edX project, which is based on MIT's MITx platform.  

Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars
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Sharing Data Links in Networks of Cars

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, and National University of Singapore recently presented an algorithm that enables...

Communication Scheme Makes Popular Applications 'gracefully Mobile'
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Communication Scheme Makes Popular Applications 'gracefully Mobile'

MIT researchers have developed the mobile shell remote-login program, which addresses the lack of mobility of the popular SSH program.  

Computer Science Tackles 30-Year-Old Economics Problem
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Computer Science Tackles 30-Year-Old Economics Problem

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for finding an almost perfect approximation of the optimal design of a multi-item auction.  

Researchers Amplify Variations in Video, Making the Invisible Visible
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Researchers Amplify Variations in Video, Making the Invisible Visible

At this summer's Siggraph—the premier computer-graphics conference—researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will present new...

Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory
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Robotic Assistants May Adapt to Humans in the Factory

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that enables a robot to quickly learn an individual's preference for a certain task and adapt accordingly to help complete...

System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras
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System Improves Automated Monitoring of Security Cameras

MIT researchers have developed a system that can analyze several surveillance cameras more accurately and in less time than it would take a human operator.  
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