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How to Stay Anonymous Online
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How to Stay Anonymous Online

Anonymity networks protect people living under repressive regimes from surveillance of their Internet use. But the recent discovery of vulnerabilities in the most...

Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, ­sing Graphene
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Researchers Discover New Way to Turn Electricity Into Light, ­sing Graphene

Researchers have discovered a sheet of graphene can cause an electric current to surpass the speed of decelerated light and rapidly generate a focused beam. 

Ingestible Origami Robot
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Ingestible Origami Robot

Researchers have demonstrated an origami robot that can unfold from a ingestible capsule and use external magnetic fields to navigate across the stomach wall.

Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies
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Self-Driving Cars, Meet Rubber Duckies

A course in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory aimed to create a fleet of duckie-adorned self-driving...

Robotic Consensus
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Robotic Consensus

Planning algorithms for teams of robots fall into two categories: centralized algorithms, in which a single computer makes decisions for the whole team, and decentralized...

First-Ever 3d Printed Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids
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First-Ever 3d Printed Robots Made of Both Solids and Liquids

Researchers have developed "printable hydraulics," a technique for three-dimensional printing of robots involving simultaneously printing solid and liquid materials...

Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors
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Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors

Researchers have developed an infrared depth-sensing system, built from a smartphone with a $10 laser attached to it, that works indoors and outdoors. 

Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams
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Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams

Researchers say they have developed a new way of modeling robot collaboration. 

Crunching Quantum Code
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Crunching Quantum Code

Researchers have developed a quantum computer design featuring an array of superconducting islands on top of a topological insulator. 

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.

Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks
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Energy-Friendly Chip Can Perform Powerful Artificial-Intelligence Tasks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers  this week introduced a new chip that implements neural networks.

Nanodevices at One-Hundredth the Cost
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Nanodevices at One-Hundredth the Cost

In a recent paper, researchers described a method of inexpensively producing a type of microelectromechanical system with desktop fabrication system. 

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.

Nasa Gives MIT a Humanoid Robot to Develop Software For Future Space Missions
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Nasa Gives MIT a Humanoid Robot to Develop Software For Future Space Missions

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is home to one of two university research groups to receive a 6-foot, 290-pound humanoid robot. 

Self-Driving Golf Carts
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Self-Driving Golf Carts

The Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology recently conducted an experiment in which self-driving golf carts carried 500 tourists around winding paths...

­avs Learn to Fly Solo
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­avs Learn to Fly Solo

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Robust Robotics Group want to teach unmanned aerial vehicles and other robots to think for themselves...

Going Solid-State Could Make Batteries Safer and Longer-Lasting
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Going Solid-State Could Make Batteries Safer and Longer-Lasting

Researchers say they have developed a solution to the problem of lithium-ion batteries overheating and burning that also would extend battery life.

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...

Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110m National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing
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Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110m National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will work to advance U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology.

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...
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