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A droplet walks into an electric field …

A droplet walks into an electric field …

“Researchers have found a simple formula that could be useful for air purification, space propulsion, and molecular analyses. When a raindrop falls through a thundercloud, it is subject to strong electric fields that pull and tug on the droplet, like …

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Approaching the magnetic singularity

Approaching the magnetic singularity

“MIT researchers discover a material that changes electrical resistance only when a magnetic field is applied at a narrowly confined angle. In many materials, electrical resistance and voltage change in the presence of a magnetic field, usually varying smoothly as …

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Automated cryptocode generator is helping secure the web

Automated cryptocode generator is helping secure the web

“System automatically writes optimized algorithms to encrypt data in Google Chrome browsers and web applications. Nearly every time you open up a secure Google Chrome browser, a new MIT-developed cryptographic system is helping better protect your data. In a …

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Creating 3-D images, with regular ink

Creating 3-D images, with regular ink

“MIT startup Lumii helps manufacturers replicate the visual effects of holograms on their printed materials. This month, 5,000 distinctive cans of Fuzzy Logic beer will appear on local shelves as part of Massachusetts-based Portico Brewing’s attempt to stand …

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Engineers 3-D print flexible mesh for ankle and knee braces

Engineers 3-D print flexible mesh for ankle and knee braces

“Techniques could lead to personalized wearable and implantable devices. Hearing aids, dental crowns, and limb prosthetics are some of the medical devices that can now be digitally designed and customized for individual patients, thanks to 3-D printing. However, these devices …

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Autonomous boats can target and latch onto each other

Autonomous boats can target and latch onto each other

“Fleet of “roboats” could collect garbage or self-assemble into floating structures in Amsterdam’s many canals. The city of Amsterdam envisions a future where fleets of autonomous boats cruise its many canals to transport goods and people, collect trash, or …

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Sensor-packed glove learns signatures of the human grasp

Sensor-packed glove learns signatures of the human grasp

“Signals help neural network identify objects by touch; system could aid robotics and prosthetics design. Wearing a sensor-packed glove while handling a variety of objects, MIT researchers have compiled a massive dataset that enables an AI system to recognize objects …

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