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Flat screen TVs that incorporate quantum dots are now commercially available. But it has been more difficult to create arrays of their elongated cousins, quantum rods, for commercial devices. Quantum...
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(MIT: Cambridge, MA) -- By mining data from X-ray images, researchers at MIT, Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator, and the Toyota Research Institute have made significant new discoveries...
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A team of chemists from MIT and Duke University has discovered a counterintuitive way to make polymers stronger: Introduce a few weaker bonds into the material. Working with a type of polymer known...
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Taking advantage of a phenomenon known as emergent behavior in the microscale, MIT engineers have designed simple microparticles that can collectively generate complex behavior, much the same way...
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(MIT: Cambridge, MA) -- In recent years, scientists have made great strides in their ability to develop artificial intelligence algorithms that can analyze patient data and come up with new ways to...
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First published Aug. 6, 2021, on MIT News. Engineers at MIT and Harvard University have designed a small tabletop device that can detect SARS-CoV-2 from a saliva sample in about an hour. In a new...
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First published June 7, 2021, on MIT News. MIT engineers have discovered a new way of generating electricity using tiny carbon particles that can create a current simply by interacting with liquid...
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Engineers at MIT and Imperial College London have developed a new way to generate tough, functional materials using a mixture of bacteria and yeast similar to the “kombucha mother” used to ferment...
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In the era of social distancing, using robots for some healthcare interactions is a promising way to reduce in-person contact between healthcare workers and sick patients. However, a key question...
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This story was originally published by MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). In some ways, learning to program a computer is similar to learning a new language. It requires...