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New algorithm could enable household robots to better identify objects in cluttered environments

January 13, 2015

For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects they’re supposed…
MIT spinoff launches all-terrain wheelchair in U.S.

November 25, 2014

Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT), an MIT MechE spinoff started by Tish Scolnik ’10, Mario Bollini ’09…
New interdisciplinary center at MIT to focus on the microbiome and human health

November 7, 2014

More than 90 percent of the genes in our bodies do not come from our own cells. Instead,…
Outside-the-box thinker: Scientist uses 3-D printing to build everything from nanoscale chips to houses

November 3, 2014

When an aspiring mechanical engineer on a budget wants a top-of-the-line guitar, what does he do? He makes…
MIT marine experts win international RobotX self-driving boat competition

October 31, 2014

This week a team featuring multiple Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) researchers took home the grand…
MIT computer scientists can predict the price of Bitcoin

October 22, 2014

Scientists have crunched data to predict crime, hospital visits, and government uprisings — so why not the price…
“Make The Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon” brings tech out of the bubble and into the bottle

October 17, 2014

A few weekends ago, as some techies lined up to buy the new iPhone 6, others flocked to…
Mars One (and done?)

October 15, 2014

In 2012, the “Mars One” project, led by a Dutch nonprofit, announced plans to establish the first human…
MIT launches Laboratory for Social Machines with major Twitter investment

October 2, 2014

The MIT Media Lab yesterday announced the creation of the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), funded by a five-year,…
New algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass

September 15, 2014

Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth,…
New wrist-mounted device augments the human hand with two robotic fingers

July 18, 2014

Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that…
MIT researchers develop an improved system for timing of urban lights to minimize commuting times

July 8, 2014

Anyone who has ever driven a city street and been frustrated by having to stop again and again…
MIT team getting ready for summer solar vehicle race

June 9, 2014

MIT’s Solar Electric Vehicle Team will be headed to Austin, Texas, in mid-July for the American Solar Challenge with their latest incarnation,…
Eco-friendly trucks, thanks to MIT innovation

June 4, 2014

Trucks and other heavy-duty vehicles could run more efficiently while cutting tailpipe emissions, thanks to a discovery in…
Affordable precision printing for pros

June 3, 2014

Against the backdrop of today’s burgeoning 3-D printing landscape — with an ever-increasing number of machines popping up — MIT…
Building with blocks: Architect Anton Garcia-Abril brings his experimental, industrial style to MIT

May 14, 2014

In a parking lot next to a nondescript building on the northern edge of MIT’s campus, dozens of…
What’s in your air? Students design, create, and deploy sophisticated air quality monitoring system for MIT campus

May 9, 2014

Every senior at MIT has come to know the campus in a personal way, having established favorite haunts…
MIT.nano will help researchers apply the power of nanotechnology to solve big problems

April 29, 2014

A search to understand how materials behave at the nanoscale — a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter…
Fast, furious, and soon to be electric: The MIT Formula SAE team heats up the road

April 24, 2014

Early on Saturday mornings, before the rest of campus stirs awake, Jacqueline Sly ’14 grabs coffee and heads…
The art and science of letterlocking: MIT Libraries’ conservator shares historic letterlocking techniques

April 24, 2014

Long before email, text, and instant message, important words were passed discreetly from closed palm to palm with…
New algorithm uses subtle changes to make a face more memorable

December 18, 2013

Do you have a forgettable face? Many of us go to great lengths to make our faces more…
Innovation in renewable-energy technologies is booming

October 11, 2013

The number of patents issued for renewable-energy technologies has risen sharply over the last decade, according to new…
Waking up to a New Year: MIT team discovers an exoplanet that orbits its star in 8.5 hours

August 19, 2013

In the time it takes you to complete a single workday, or get a full night’s sleep, a…
NASA, MIT, DARPA Host Fourth Annual Student Robotic Challenge

January 11, 2013

NASA will join the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and high…
Researchers demonstrate record-setting p-type transistor

January 3, 2013

New design for a basic component of all computer chips boasts the highest ‘carrier mobility’ yet measured. Almost…
Smoother dashboard typefaces might enhance driver safety

December 28, 2012

AgeLab study suggests ‘humanist’ lettering style is easier for drivers to read quickly. Typeface aficionados perceive major differences…
The robotic equivalent of a Swiss army knife

December 4, 2012

Reconfigurable robot a step toward something that can become almost anything.…
Making ‘nanospinning’ practical

November 20, 2012

Nanofibers have a dizzying range of possible applications, but they’ve been prohibitively expensive to make. MIT researchers hope…
Mining physicians’ notes for medical insights

October 31, 2012

A new approach to algorithmically distinguishing words with multiple possible meanings could help find useful data in electronic…
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