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Revolutionizing global health

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MIT research scientist Richard Fletcher directs the Mobile Technology Group at MIT D-Lab, which develops a variety of mobile sensors, analytic tools, and diagnostic algorithms to study problems in global health and behavior medicine. Utilizing mobile technologies -- which include smartphones, wearable sensors, and the so-called internet of things -- his group applies these technologies to real-world social problems with global implications. These issues involve a variety of areas, such as environmental monitoring and air pollution, agriculture, farming, and global health.


Tommi Jaakkola appointed Thomas Siebel Professor in EECS and IDSS

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Tommi Jaakkola, a professor of computer science and engineering at MIT, has been named the inaugural holder of the Thomas Siebel Professorship in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society (IDSS).


Brain circuit enables split-second decisions when cues conflict

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When animals hunt or forage for food, they must constantly weigh whether the chance of a meal is worth the risk of being spotted by a predator. The same conflict between cost and benefit is at the heart of many of the decisions humans make on a daily basis.


Three MIT alumni win 2017 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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Three MIT alumni have been awarded The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, a graduate school fellowship for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States. Selected from 1,775 applicants, the 2017 fellows were chosen for their potential to make significant contributions to U.S. society, culture, or their academic field. Each will receive up to $90,000 in funding to support their graduate school studies.


High-speed images capture archer fish's rocket-like launch

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The archer fish is arguably the ninja of the aquatic world, known for its stealth-like, arrow-straight aim while shooting down unsuspecting prey. Once the fish has sighted its target, it can spit jets of water to dislodge insects from overhanging leaves, making them topple into the water.


High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes

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MIT researchers have developed a way to make extremely high-resolution images of tissue samples, at a fraction of the cost of other techniques that offer similar resolution.


Explained: Neural networks

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In the past 10 years, the best-performing artificial-intelligence systems -- such as the speech recognizers on smartphones or Google's latest automatic translator -- have resulted from a technique called "deep learning."


Looking ahead to the future of computer-driven cars

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Computer vision scientist and Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua PhD '93 described the challenges associated with this technology in a talk last month hosted by MIT's Center for Brains, Minds and Machines (CBMM). The technology behind computer driven cars, Shashua explained, involves machine learning and the latest cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms in three major areas: sensing, planning, and mapping. Shashua earned his PhD in the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1993. In 1999, Shashua co-founded Mobileye, an Israeli technology company that makes sensors and cameras for driverless vehicles.


Scientists unveil CRISPR-based diagnostic platform

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A team of scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has adapted a CRISPR protein that targets RNA (rather than DNA), for use as a rapid, inexpensive, highly sensitive diagnostic tool with the potential to transform research and global public health.


Neuroscientists identify brain circuit necessary for memory formation

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When we visit a friend or go to the beach, our brain stores a short-term memory of the experience in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. Those memories are later "consolidated" -- that is, transferred to another part of the brain for longer-term storage.