“Inactive” pill ingredients could raise the dose of your medication

The average medication contains a mix of eight “inactive” ingredients added to pills to make them taste better, last longer, and stabilize the active ingredients within. Some of those additives are now …

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Teaching machines to reason about what they see

A child who has never seen a pink elephant can still describe one — unlike a computer. “The computer learns from data,” says Jiajun Wu, a PhD student at MIT. “The …

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Publishers Withdraw More than 120 Gibberish Science and Engineering Papers

The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two …

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Europe’s Next Big-Budget Science Projects: 6 Teams Proceed to Final Round

The European Commission has selected six research projects—in areas from health and energy to artificial intelligence and cultural heritage—to compete to become one of its next billion-euro ‘flagship’ science initiatives, Nature has learned. …

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3Q: Anantha Chandrakasan on new MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab

MIT and IBM jointly announced today a 10-year agreement to create the MIT–IBM Watson AI Lab, a new collaboration for research on the frontiers of artificial intelligence. Anantha Chandrakasan, the …

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MIT-created programming language Julia 1.0 debuts

After years of tinkering, the dynamic programming language Julia 1.0 was officially released to the public during JuliaCon, an annual conference of Julia users held recently in London. The release of Julia …

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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology. After all, quakes are deadly precisely because they’re erratic—striking without warning, triggering fires and tsunamis, and sometimes killing hundreds of thousands of …

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“Spear-Phishing” Roiled the Presidential Campaign—Here’s How to Protect Yourself

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. Never in American political history have hacked and stolen emails played such a central …

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Biology: the ultimate robotics

Sawyer Buckminster Fuller (S.B. 2000, S.M. 2003) studied mechanical engineering as an undergraduate at MIT because he was interested in robotics. While at MIT, he placed second in the 2.007 …

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Letting robots manipulate cables

For humans, it can be challenging to manipulate thin flexible objects like ropes, wires, or cables. But if these problems are hard for humans, they are nearly impossible for robots. …

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