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Hack-Proof Rfid Chips
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Hack-Proof Rfid Chips

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas Instruments have developed a virtually hack-proof radio-frequency identification chip.

A Virtual 'guide Dog' For Navigation
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A Virtual 'guide Dog' For Navigation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have modified an algorithm for processing three-dimensional camera data, with power conservation in mind. 

Neil Gershenfeld and the Spread of Fab Labs
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Neil Gershenfeld and the Spread of Fab Labs

Neil Gershenfeld, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Bits and Atoms, discusses the growth and impact of the Fab Lab project. 

Untraceable Communication—guaranteed
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Untraceable Communication—guaranteed

Anonymity networks, which sit on top of the public Internet, are designed to conceal people’s Web-browsing habits from prying eyes.

What Are Your Apps Hiding?
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What Are Your Apps Hiding?

Researchers have found the user experience is largely unaffected by much of the data transferred between the top 500 free Google Android cellphone applications. ...

How Wireless 'x-Ray Vision' Could Power Virtual Reality, Smart Homes, and Hollywood
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How Wireless 'x-Ray Vision' Could Power Virtual Reality, Smart Homes, and Hollywood

The new RF Capture technology can pick up wireless reflections off the human body to visualize the silhouette of a person concealed behind a wall. 

Robots and US
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Robots and US

The dream of full automation is outdated and does not lead to the best outcomes, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor David Mindell.

More-Flexible Machine Learning
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More-Flexible Machine Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers plan to present a machine-learning technique that enables semantically-related concepts to reinforce each other...

Ethical Trials, Targeted Ads
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Ethical Trials, Targeted Ads

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Philippe Rigollet and colleagues have developed an approach they say increases the effectiveness of online ads.

Crash-Tolerant Data Storage
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Crash-Tolerant Data Storage

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed what they call the first computer file system that ensures no loss of data when the system crashes...

Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp
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Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object...

Shoring ­p Tor
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Shoring ­p Tor

Researchers have demonstrated a vulnerability in Tor's design. 

Object Recognition For Robots
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Object Recognition For Robots

John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile...

Computing at the Speed of Light
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Computing at the Speed of Light

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher Sergio Cantu studies how light can act as an information carrier in computing and calculating. 

Automatic Bug Repair
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Automatic Bug Repair

At the Association for Computing Machinery's Programming Language Design and Implementation conference this month, MIT researchers presented a new system that repairs...

Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?
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Can Phone Data Detect Real-Time Unemployment?

A multi-university team of researchers has demonstrated that mobile phone data can provide rapid insight into changing employment levels. 

MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots
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MIT Engineers Hand 'cognitive' Control to ­nderwater Robots

Researchers have developed a new approach to programming autonomous underwater vehicles that increases their "cognitive" capabilities.

Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves
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Researchers ­nravel Secrets of Hidden Waves

Detailed new field studies, laboratory experiments, and simulations of the largest known "internal waves" in the Earth's oceans—phenomena that play a key role in...

"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting
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"fingerprinting" Chips to Fight Counterfeiting

Researchers are using microscopic variations to "fingerprint" silicon chips used in consumer-product tags to combat product counterfeiting. 

One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List
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One Way to Reduce Email Stress: Re-Invent the Mailing List

Researchers at MIT CSAIL have developed a prototype system called Murmur that they hope will improve the experience of using email mailing lists by incorporating...
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