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2014-07-22 08:30:37

Transformative partnership with Ted Stanley will spur researchers to reveal biology of psychiatric disorders CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Broad Institute today announced an unprecedented commitment of $650 million from philanthropist Ted Stanley aimed at galvanizing scientific research on psychiatric disorders and bringing new treatments based on molecular understanding to hundreds of millions of people around the world....

MIT Develops System That Lets Users Decide What Data Is Shared
2014-07-11 14:32:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While issues of personal data security have mostly revolved around actions of the US federal government, vast amounts of personal data are also being collected by corporate entities such as Amazon and Netflix. In pursuit of protecting individual privacy, researchers at MIT have developed a system called OpenPDS that allows individual users to decide what data they want to share and what data is unavailable. According to a report...

fingerreader
2014-07-10 04:47:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For the visually-impaired, reading requires learning and comprehending the tactile language known as Braille, but a new gadget developed by engineers at MIT could make Braille obsolete. According to a report released by the engineers, the device, called FingerReader, fits around the index finger and is able to read text in front of it by simply passing the index finger over a line of printed text. For the prototype, a plastic...

MIT System Puts Citywide Traffic Lights In Unison
2014-07-07 15:01:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Traffic can be the bane of a modern urban lifestyle and cities have used computer algorithms to time a single traffic light or a collection of lights in the most efficient way possible. Now, a team of researchers from MIT has devised a system that times traffic on a citywide scale, according to an upcoming report in the journal Transportation Science. “Usually in practice, when you want to time traffic lights, traditionally it’s...

Newly Developed Algorithm Allows Robots To Better Collaborate
2014-06-25 13:08:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the not-too-distant future, robots will work together as teams to gather information on a subject and collectively analyze that information to gain insight or generate a computational model. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a novel algorithm in which dispersed robots or computers gather data and analyze it independently. Pairs of robots or computers could exchange analyses and build a more robust joint analysis. According...

2014-06-19 23:19:42

Belleds Technologies launches Kickstarter campaign to offer new breakthroughs in LED lighting for the home which will support Apple’s HomeKit. Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) June 19, 2014 Belleds Technologies announces its support for Apple’s HomeKit during its Kickstarter campaign launch today from the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. The Belleds team recently won the Audience Choice Award at the MIT Clean Energy Prize competition for their innovative LED lighting product....

2014-06-17 12:23:14

MIT Researchers Make Novel, High Sensitivity Optical Sensors that Swell When Exposed to a Target Gas -- Potential Industrial, Security, Environmental, and Medical Applications WASHINGTON, June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using microscopic polymer light resonators that expand in the presence of specific gases, researchers at MIT's Quantum Photonics Laboratory have developed new optical sensors with predicted detection levels in the parts-per-billion range. Optical sensors are...

2014-06-15 14:59:20

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard Cellular makeup of glioblastoma more diverse than previously thought Scientists from the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have conducted a first-of-its-kind study that characterizes the cellular diversity within glioblastoma tumors from patients. The study, which looked at the expression of thousands of genes in individual cells from patient tumors, revealed that the cellular makeup of each tumor is more heterogeneous than...

New Technology May Allow People To Track How Their Data Is Used
2014-06-13 14:31:43

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Move over "Big Data" and "Internet of Things" there is a potential new buzzword or concept for 2014: "HTTP with Accountability." This is a new protocol that is being developed by researchers in the Decentralized Information Group (DIG) at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), which could provide transparency rather than obscurity when data moves online. The HTTP with Accountability (HTTPA) protocol...

2014-06-10 23:04:22

New Bitcoin ATM Location; Now 10 Local Merchants in Cambridge/Boston Accepting Bitcoin Cambridge, MA (PRWEB) June 10, 2014 Liberty Teller, the company that launched the first bitcoin ATM in the USA, unveiled its latest bitcoin ATM in the heart of Kendall Square inside the MIT COOP retail store. The Liberty Teller machine allows customers to purchase bitcoin with cash in a matter of seconds. Chris Yim, Co-Founder of Liberty Teller, explains, “We are pleased to bring our bitcoin ATM to...


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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