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Smartphone Screens Made Of Sapphire Could Be Around The Corner
2013-03-22 10:36:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The display market has been cranking out some impressive smartphone screens as of late. Samsung´s latest Galaxy S display packs 441 tiny pixels into every square inch. HTC´s latest, One, has a pixel density of 468 pixels per inch (ppi) and both of these phones soundly trump the 326 ppi of Apple´s Retina display. These displays are delivering brighter and crisper images, all in a relatively small size. They´re...

Making Software Better Through Control Theory
2013-03-20 09:11:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech have adapted techniques that ensure airplanes won´t stall out during flight to prove that computer programs will not divide by zero. Specifically, the researchers demonstrated how to apply principles from control theory, which analyzes dynamical systems ranging from robots to power grids, to something known as “formal verification,” a set of methods for mathematically proving...

Algorithm Helps Make Cloud Computing More Efficient
2013-03-12 18:53:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new software system could help reduce cloud computing hardware requirements by 95 percent, as well as help improve performance. MIT researchers are developing a new system called DBSeer that uses machine-learning techniques to build accurate models of performance and resource demands of database-driven applications. Barzan Mozafari, lead author on a paper presented at the recent Biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems...

MIT Robotic Cheetah As Energy Efficient As Real Animals
2013-03-08 18:40:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thanks to a group of researchers, one high-tech robotic cheetah is proving itself to be dominant above its flesh-and-blood counterparts in terms of running efficiency. A team of MIT mechanical engineers, led by Sangbae Kim, has developed a 70-pound robotic cheetah that wastes very little energy as it runs for an hour and a half at 5-miles-per-hour. Design principles to minimize energy waste led to the team developing a robot with...

New Algorithms Give Household Robots A Helping Hand
2013-02-25 18:42:20

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online With a few adjustments through algorithms, MIT researchers found a way to give household robots an extra hand. Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will be presenting two papers at this year's IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, showing robots could use algorithms to compensate for physical shortcomings. One paper describes an algorithm that enables a robot to...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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