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New Technique Extends Duration of Quantum States

January 30, 2015

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New Technique Greatly Extends Duration of Fragile Quantum States

Using a qubit design that employs nitrogen atoms embedded in synthetic diamond, a team of researchers has developed a new technique that greatly extends duration of fragile quantum states. Quantum computers are experimental devices that promise exponential speedups on some computational problems. Where a bit in a classical computer can represent either a 0 or […]

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New Experiments and Simulations Help Explain Collagen’s Force

January 27, 2015

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New Analysis Explains Collagen’s Force

New research from MIT shows that adding or removing small amounts of water from collagen in tendons can generate surprisingly strong forces, as much as 300 times stronger than the forces generated by muscles. Research combining experimental work and detailed molecular simulations has revealed, for the first time, the complex role that water plays in […]

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MIT Research Reveals Natural Impediment to Long-Term Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

January 21, 2015

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Study Finds Natural Impediment to Long-Term Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide

A new study reveals a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide, showing that as carbon dioxide works its way underground only a small fraction of the gas turns to rock. The remainder of the gas stays in a more tenuous form. Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide […]

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A Way To Self-Propel Subatomic Particles Without External Forces

January 21, 2015

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Study Shows How to Self-Propel Subatomic Particles

Using a new variation on the methods used to bend light, a team of physicists reveal that subatomic particles can be induced to speed up all by themselves without the application of any external forces. Some physical principles have been considered immutable since the time of Isaac Newton: Light always travels in straight lines. No […]

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A Link between Inflammation and Cancer

January 20, 2015

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Study Details a Link Between Inflammation and Cancer

New research from MIT reveals a link between inflammation and cancer, showing that the timing of inflammation determines whether potentially cancerous mutations may arise. A new study from MIT reveals one reason why people who suffer from chronic inflammatory diseases such as colitis have a higher risk of mutations that cause cancer. The researchers also […]

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New Technique Enlarges Tissue Samples, Making Them Easier to Image

January 16, 2015

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New Technique Enables Nanoscale-Resolution Microscopy

By physically enlarging the specimen itself, researchers from MIT have invented a new way to visualize the nanoscale structure of the brain and other tissues. Beginning with the invention of the first microscope in the late 1500s, scientists have been trying to peer into preserved cells and tissues with ever-greater magnification. The latest generation of […]

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Meteorites Were Byproducts of Planetary Formation, Not Building Blocks

January 15, 2015

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New Study Finds Twist on Planetary Origins

A newly published study from researchers at MIT and Purdue University reveals that chondrules were byproducts of a violent and messy planetary process, not building blocks. Meteors that have crashed to Earth have long been regarded as relics of the early solar system. These craggy chunks of metal and rock are studded with chondrules — […]

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MIT Study Shows Rainfall Releases Aerosols on Impact

January 14, 2015

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High-Speed Imaging Shows Raindrops Releasing Clouds of Aerosols on Impact

MIT scientists use high-speed cameras to show that when a raindrop hits a surface it traps tiny air bubbles at the point of contact and releases aerosols into the environment. Ever notice an earthy smell in the air after a light rain? Now scientists at MIT believe they may have identified the mechanism that releases […]

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New Device Allows Scientists to Watch How Cells Interact

January 13, 2015

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New Tech Allows Scientists to Glimpse Communication between Immune Cells

MIT engineers have developed a new device that allows scientists to observe communication between immune cells. The immune system is a complex network of many different cells working together to defend against invaders. Successfully fighting off an infection depends on the interactions between these cells. A new device developed by MIT engineers offers a much […]

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New Algorithm Should Enable Household Robots to Better Identify Objects

January 12, 2015

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New Algorithm Could Enable Household Robots to Better Identify Objects

New research from MIT shows that a system using an off-the-shelf algorithm to aggregate different perspectives allows household robots to recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing the number of misidentifications. For household robots ever to be practical, they’ll need to be able to recognize the objects […]

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New Photon Detectors – A Crucial Step Toward Quantum Chips

January 9, 2015

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MIT Researchers Take a Step Toward Quantum Chips

In a new study, researchers describe a micrometer-scale flip-chip process that enables scalable integration of superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors on a range of photonic circuits. A team of researchers has built an array of light detectors sensitive enough to register the arrival of individual light particles, or photons, and mounted them on a silicon optical […]

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Thermal-Imaging Quickly Tracks Energy Leaks in Homes and Buildings

January 5, 2015

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Thermal-Imaging Cars Can Quickly Track Energy Leaks

New thermal-imaging cars from MIT spinout Essess can quickly track energy leaks in thousands of homes and buildings, helping owners curb energy loss. In 2007, Google unleashed a fleet of cars with roof-mounted cameras to provide street-level images of roads around the world. Now MIT spinout Essess is bringing similar “drive-by” innovations to energy efficiency […]

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New Half-Light Half-Matter Quantum Particles

December 30, 2014

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Study Unveils New Half-Light Half-Matter Quantum Particles

A newly published study details how a team of researchers were able to discover half-light, half-matter particles in atomically thin semiconductors. Prospects of developing computing and communication technologies based on quantum properties of light and matter may have taken a major step forward thanks to research by City College of New York physicists led by […]

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MIT Scientists Use Optogenetics to Trigger REM Sleep

December 30, 2014

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Researchers Use Optogenetics to Tigger REM Sleep

By using optogenetics to trigger REM sleep in mice, a team of researchers from MIT has moved a step closer to being able to produce natural sleep patterns. In a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe how they were able to trigger a period of rapid eye […]

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Floating Nuclear Power Plants Could Enhance Safety

December 29, 2014

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Floating Nuclear Plants Could Enhance Safety

MIT researchers detail how a floating nuclear power plant design could provide enhanced safety – it would be unaffected by the motions of a tsunami and earthquakes would have no direct effect at all. Floating nuclear plants could withstand earthquakes and tsunamis. Video: Christopher Sherrill, courtesy of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering When […]

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New System Allows Individuals to Pick and Choose What Data to Share

December 24, 2014

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New System Would Allow Individuals to Pick and Choose What Data to Share

A new prototype system from MIT stores data from your digital devices in a single location that you specify, allowing you to pick and choose what data to share with websites and mobile apps. Cellphone metadata has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the National Security Agency isn’t the only organization that […]

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New Research Shows Vocalizing Birds Could Tell Us More About Speech Disorders

December 23, 2014

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Birdsong Could Help Solve Stuttering

New genomics research from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory suggests vocalizing birds could tell us more about speech disorders. Think that sparrow whistling outside your bedroom window is nothing more than pleasant background noise? A new paper from a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) suggests that we can […]

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