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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...

Brain Imaging Used To Identify Why ADHD Persists Into Adulthood
2014-06-10 14:25:38

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While about 11 percent of American school children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), many outgrow the condition as they progress into adulthood. In an attempt to understand why some ADHD may persist into adulthood, MIT researchers used brain-imaging technology to identify key differences in a specific brain communication network that is active when the brain is awake and not focused on a specific task,...

2014-06-05 23:03:49

PubNub, the only scalable Realtime Network, today announced that Founder and CEO Todd Greene will speak at the upcoming MIT Technology Review Digital Summit taking place June 9-10 in San Francisco at the St. Regis Hotel. San Francisco (PRWEB) June 05, 2014 PubNub, the only scalable Realtime Network, today announced that Founder and CEO Todd Greene will speak at the upcoming MIT Technology Review Digital Summit taking place June 9-10 in San Francisco at the St. Regis Hotel. Todd will...

mit self folding robots
2014-05-31 05:06:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Inspired by origami, engineers at MIT have developed 3D printable robotic components capable of self-assembly when heated to certain temperatures. Two research papers presented at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in Hong Kong this week described the latest evolution in the on-going pursuit of printable robots. The first paper identifies a system that can take digital specifications of a 3D shape and...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.