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Toyota turns to ‘guardian angel’ self-driving cars

Toyota turns to ‘guardian angel’ self-driving cars But as-needed assistive driving has more promise for the near future because of the challenge of switching quickly from fully autonomous to driver-back-in-control.There Toyota announced the guardian-angel project, reiterated its long-term commitment to fully autonomous driving, and said Toyota will use three R&D facilities in the US, including a new facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

MIT 3D prints a working robot by combining liquids and solids

MIT 3D prints a working robot by combining liquids and solids New materials are becoming available to use, the printers are getting more precise, and the tools to help you design 3D objects to print are improving.That could soon be a thing of the past, though, if MIT’s latest 3D printing technique pans out.

TRAPPIST-1: a star with three habitable planets, just 40 light years away

TRAPPIST-1: a star with three habitable planets, just 40 light years away The star is a so-called brown dwarf star, or a star that isn’t massive enough to exert the level of gravity needed to jump-start hydrogen fusion at its core.This means two things: It’s very cold (sometimes referred to as an ultra-cool dwarf star) and it doesn’t put out very much visible light.

MIT researchers publish a legend for alien hunting

MIT researchers publish a legend for alien hunting If alien life is nearby and intelligent, finding it likely won’t be a problem for long.But what if the only life within a reasonable distance is non-intelligent, or early in its cultural development?

MIT will offer all incoming freshmen time and training in their new MakerLodge

MIT will offer all incoming freshmen time and training in their new MakerLodge Starting in fall 2016, every MIT freshman will get an open invitation to the new Project Manus makerspace: the MakerLodge.“These programs are designed to welcome and empower the next generation of inventors and innovators,” says Martin Culpepper, MIT’s “Maker Czar.

Science may be close to understanding where heavy elements come from

Science may be close to understanding where heavy elements come from It seems so simple: where do the elements come from?Signals collected from the brightest stars in a tiny galaxy called Reticulum II show far higher concentrations of heavy elements than theorized.

MIT researchers devise a secure anonymity network that’s 10x faster than Tor

MIT researchers devise a secure anonymity network that’s 10x faster than Tor Researchers from MIT and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have come up with a new and secure anonymity network that could prove better than Tor.But we also studied applications in microblogging, something like Twitter, where you want to anonymously broadcast your messages to everyone.

How MIT’s new biological ‘computer’ works, and what it could do in the future

How MIT’s new biological ‘computer’ works, and what it could do in the future With a fully realized ability to program cell behavior as reliably as we do computer behavior, there’s no telling what biological computing could accomplish.In 2013, this same team designed the computing strain that preceded this one: a biological “state machine.

Snowden and colleague design ‘introspection engine’ anti-snooping mod for the iPhone 6

Snowden and colleague design ‘introspection engine’ anti-snooping mod for the iPhone 6 Edward Snowden and collaborator Andrew “bunnie” Huang participated in the MIT Media Lab’s invite-only Forbidden Research conference, with an anti-snooping hardware mod for the iPhone 6.They’re calling it an “introspection engine,” and it feels a lot like opening Pandora’s box.

Portable bioreactor from MIT produces medications, vaccines on-demand

Portable bioreactor from MIT produces medications, vaccines on-demand The discovery could soon revolutionize our ability to deliver medicine after natural disasters or to remote locations.pastoris, the team demonstrated that they could make their device produce a dose of either interferon or rHGH on command.

Other countries are ‘beating’ the US to fully driverless cars. Let them.

Other countries are ‘beating’ the US to fully driverless cars. Let them. In principle, there are only a few reasons to consider getting upset about a plan like this.I’d say that Uber can still claim to be shooting for the first commercial self-driving taxi service.

With MIT’s new imaging tech, now you can judge a book right through the cover

With MIT’s new imaging tech, now you can judge a book right through the cover Ten years ago, MIT researchers demonstrated they could use terahertz imaging to read a letter inside a sealed FedEx envelope.It starts out using terahertz radiation, which is a band of EM radiation that has lower energy and longer wavelength than the visible and IR bands.

Algorithm-generated nonsense reviews fool actual human peer reviewers one in four times

Algorithm-generated nonsense reviews fool actual human peer reviewers one in four times ) Building on SCIgen and programs like it, researchers have now taken another shot at the peer reviewing process.The researchers made randomly generated reviews of actual published articles using their iteration of a Markov chain, and then gave them to reviewers, slipped into the stack like ringers between actual reviews.

MIT is 3D printing custom robot bumpers

MIT is 3D printing custom robot bumpers The team from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) calls this a programmable viscoelastic material (PVM).Having precise control over the dampening capacity of the a robot’s skin allows customization that would usually be impractical.

MIT builds a mini-magnetar to look for dark matter particles

MIT builds a mini-magnetar to look for dark matter particles If there’s anything scientists and the public seem to agree on, it’s how baffling the hunt has been for dark matter.It could help turn up evidence of dark matter.

MIT makes breakthrough in morality-proofing artificial intelligence

MIT makes breakthrough in morality-proofing artificial intelligence But the difficulty is compounded when they involve artificial neural networks.Towards this end, researchers at MIT are investigating ways of making artificial neural networks more transparent in their decision-making.

'Nanobionic' spinach plants from MIT can detect explosives

'Nanobionic' spinach plants from MIT can detect explosives (God help you if you ever had to eat the slimy green horror that is canned spinach.) Now MIT engineers announced a breakthrough in the heretofore unknown art of bomb-detecting spinach.

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers

MIT's ultra-light composite morphing aircraft wing harkens back to the Wright brothers The new composite wing would do away with weight and complexity of flaps and ailerons.For the test, the morphing wings were configured to use the twisting process to replace the ailerons and flaps.

MIT hopes to cut the VR cord with 'millimeter wave' wireless headsets

MIT hopes to cut the VR cord with 'millimeter wave' wireless headsets Currently, the only way around having a tether is by using an expensive, special-purpose, backpack VR PC.Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) aim to fix the problem by letting you cut the cord.

Femtosecond electron-diffraction beam can produce x-ray movies

Femtosecond electron-diffraction beam can produce x-ray movies Now a team of researchers from MIT and Germany have built a device the size of a matchbox that could use electron imaging to make X-ray movies.Now with the higher-energy terahertz beam, the whole shebang is the size of a shoebox.