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An automated health care system that understands when to step in

An automated health care system that understands when to step in

Explore:Explore:Explore:An automated health care system that understands when to step inAdamConner-Simons617-324-9135MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence LabIn recent years, entire industries have popped up that rely on the delicate interplay between human workers and automated software. Companies like Facebook work to keep hateful and violent content off their platforms using a . In the medical field, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have used machine learning to help radiologists . What can be tricky about these hybrid approaches is understanding when to rely...

August 4, 2020
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Neuroscientists find memory cells that help us interpret new situations

Neuroscientists find memory cells that help us interpret new situations

Explore:Explore:Explore:Neuroscientists find memory cells that help us interpret new situationsAbbyAbazorius617-253-2709MIT News OfficeImagine you are meeting a friend for dinner at a new restaurant. You may try dishes you haven’t had before, and your surroundings will be completely new to you. However, your brain knows that you have had similar experiences — perusing a menu, ordering appetizers, and splurging on dessert are all things that you have probably done when dining out.MIT neuroscientists have now identified populations of cells that encode each of these distinctive segments of an...

May 8, 2020
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Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” graphene

Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” graphene

Explore:Explore:Explore:Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” grapheneAbbyAbazorius617-253-2709MIT News OfficeMade of a single layer of carbon atoms linked in a hexagonal honeycomb pattern, graphene’s structure is simple and seemingly delicate. Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have found that graphene is in fact exceptionally strong. And although graphene is not a metal, it conducts electricity at ultrahigh speeds, better than most metals.In 2018, MIT scientists led by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and Yuan Cao discovered that when two sheets of graphene are stacked together at a...

May 11, 2020
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To catch an interstellar visitor, use a solar-powered space slingshot

To catch an interstellar visitor, use a solar-powered space slingshot

Explore:Explore:Explore:To catch an interstellar visitor, use a solar-powered space slingshotSaraCody617-253-1564Department of Aeronautics and AstronauticsIn 2017, a telescope in Hawaii detected our first celestial visitor from another solar system — a big deal, since we haven’t quite figured out how to visit them ourselves yet. ‘Oumuamua, the cigar-shaped interstellar object (ISO) whose name roughly translates to “first distant messenger” in Hawaiian, will certainly not be the last visitor to pass through. If the story of our universe is written in the stars, even a tiny fragment traveling...

May 11, 2020
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DeepDream: How Alexander Mordvintsev Excavated the Computer’s Hidden Layers

DeepDream: How Alexander Mordvintsev Excavated the Computer’s Hidden Layers

A Google researcher looks into the mind of a computer. uses subtle color gradients to help you read more efficiently.Early in the morning on May 18, 2015, Alexander Mordvintsev made an amazing discovery. He had been having trouble sleeping. Just after midnight, he awoke with a start. He was sure he’d heard a noise in the Zurich apartment where he lived with his wife and child. Afraid that he hadn’t locked the door to the terrace, he ran out of the bedroom to check if there was an intruder. All was fine; the terrace door was locked, and there was no intruder. But as he was standing in his...

July 1, 2020
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Half of U.S. deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

Half of U.S. deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissions

Explore:Explore:Explore:Half of U.S. deaths related to air pollution are linked to out-of-state emissionsAbbyAbazorius617-253-2709MIT News OfficeMore than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur, MIT researchers report today in the journal Nature.The study focuses on the years between 2005 and 2018 and tracks combustion emissions of various polluting compounds from various sectors, looking at every state in the contiguous United States, from season to season and year to year.In...

February 14, 2020
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Key brain region was “recycled” as humans developed the ability to read

Key brain region was “recycled” as humans developed the ability to read

Sarah McDonnellEmail: Phone: 617-253-8923MIT News Office1 images for downloadMedia can only be downloaded from the desktop version of this website.Humans began to develop systems of reading and writing only within the past few thousand years. Our reading abilities set us apart from other animal species, but a few thousand years is much too short a timeframe for our brains to have evolved new areas specifically devoted to reading.To account for the development of this skill, some scientists have hypothesized that parts of the brain that originally evolved for other purposes have been...

August 7, 2020
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"Murder Most Foul" and the Haunting of America

"Murder Most Foul" and the Haunting of America

Bob Dylan’s epic new song isn't just about the assassination of JFK. It's about how an event takes on meaning beyond itself, and the role of spirit in the national life. uses subtle color gradients to help you read more efficiently.One of the struggles of American literature in the new century has been to grasp the totality, not merely of spiritual and moral changes in daily life, but of the very range of events that have overtaken us. The proliferation of media, the speed of the news cycle, and the churning production of new forms of celebrity make up the chaotic backdrop to what used to...

April 3, 2020
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Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

Explore:Explore:Explore:Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashingKarl-LydieJean-Baptiste(617) 253-1682MIT NewsA new study estimates that improving the rates of handwashing by travelers passing through just 10 of the world’s leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many infectious diseases. And the greater the improvement in people’s handwashing habits at airports, the more dramatic the effect on slowing the disease, the researchers found.The findings, which deal with infectious diseases in general including the flu, were published in late December, just before the...

February 11, 2020
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How Humanity Came To Contemplate Its Possible Extinction: A Timeline

How Humanity Came To Contemplate Its Possible Extinction: A Timeline

It is only in the last couple of centuries that we have begun to grasp that our existence might one day cease to exist forever. uses subtle color gradients to help you read more efficiently.With Covid-19 afflicting the world, and a climate crisis looming, humanity’s future seems uncertain. While the novel coronavirus itself pose a threat to the continuation of the species, it has undoubtedly stirred anxiety in many of us and has even about human extinction. does the end of the species seem an area of lurid fantasy or remote speculation.Indeed, the opening decades of the 21st century have...

September 23, 2020
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