Study: Hole in ionosphere is caused by sudden stratospheric warming

Study: Hole in ionosphere is caused by sudden stratospheric warming

“Research led by the MIT Haystack Observatory finds arctic winter stratospheric events dramatically affect the ionosphere at night. Forecasting space weather is even more challenging than regular meteorology. The ionosphere — the upper atmospheric layer containing particles charged by solar radiation …

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Inventing future fabrics

Inventing future fabrics

“Advanced Functional Fabrics of America workshop challenges pioneering MIT and FIT students to conceive new ideas. A T-shirt that can change color to complement your mood (and help you pare down your wardrobe). An apron that transforms into a dress …

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Helping computers perceive human emotions

Helping computers perceive human emotions

“Personalized machine-learning models capture subtle variations in facial expressions to better gauge how we feel. MIT Media Lab researchers have developed a machine-learning model that takes computers a step closer to interpreting our emotions as naturally as humans do. In …

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Let it rain! New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof

Let it rain! New coatings make natural fabrics waterproof

“MIT-developed process could offer nontoxic alternative to environmentally harmful chemicals. Fabrics that resist water are essential for everything from rainwear to military tents, but conventional water-repellent coatings have been shown to persist in the environment and accumulate in our …

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Chip upgrade helps miniature drones navigate

Chip upgrade helps miniature drones navigate

“Low-power design will allow devices as small as a honeybee to determine their location while flying. Researchers at MIT, who last year designed a tiny computer chip tailored to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk their chip design even …

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How to control robots with brainwaves and hand gestures

How to control robots with brainwaves and hand gestures

“Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory system enables people to correct robot mistakes on multiple-choice tasks. Getting robots to do things isn’t easy: Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them or get them to understand how humans communicate …

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