MIT’s robotic ‘copter performs new stunt

A team of MIT researchers looked on recently as the pilot of their model X-Cell 60 helicopter flipped a switch on a remote control box. In response to this simple …

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Computing in Earth science: a non-linear path

Machine learning is undeniably a tool that most disciplines like to have in their toolbox. However, scientists are still investigating the limits and barriers to incorporating machine learning into their …

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Apple Launches iPhone 5S and $99 iPhone 5C with Five Colors

Phil Schiller, Apple’s head of marketing, unveils the iPhone 5C. (Credit: Josh Lowensohn/CNET) Apple on Tuesday unveiled its new flagship iPhone 5S and a new budget smartphone, the iPhone 5C, …

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Wheelchair/bed aims to boost independence

MIT researchers have developed a wheelchair with unique responsiveness to human muscle pressure, so tasks that previously required the help of another person–in most cases, a nursing home or hospital …

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Do Dogs Respond to Videotaped Commands?

This question was not proposed by a mad scientist bent on world doggie domination. The idea to see whether dogs follow life-sized videos is actually entirely sensible. Researchers studying non-human …

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Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?

It seems you can’t read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years …

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The Computer Scientist Training AI to Think with Analogies

The Pulitzer Prize-winning book Gödel, Escher, Bach inspired legions of computer scientists in 1979, but few were as inspired as Melanie Mitchell. After reading the 777-page tome, Mitchell, a high school math teacher …

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Move Over, Siri The Next Generation of Virtual Assistants Is Almost Here

Virtual voice-controlled assistants such as Siri, Cortana and Google Now are magical. You can say things such as “Will I need an umbrella in Dallas this weekend?” or “What flights …

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MIT President Reif attends White House technology meeting

MIT President L. Rafael Reif today attended a technology conference convened by the White House Office of American Innovation. The meeting included leading corporate CEOs and other technology leaders, brought …

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Facebook’s Problem Is More Complicated Than Fake News

The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. In the wake of Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, many questions have been raised about Facebook’s …

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