March 7, 2018
MIT researchers have discovered that arranging two stacked layers of graphene at a slight angle makes the material a superconductor, writes Elizabeth Gibney for Nature. After discovering that the graphene had the ability to conduct electrons, researchers applied “a small electric field to feed just a few extra charge carriers into the system, and it became a superconductor.”
Sarah Toy of The Wall Street Journal writes that CSAIL researchers have developed a soft robotic fish that can capture images and video of aquatic life. “The key here is that the robot is very quiet as it moves in the water and the undulating motion of the tail does not create too much water disturbance,” says Prof. Daniela Rus.
Dropbox, which was “founded in 2007 by two Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer science students”, has launched its IPO with a valuation of more than $1 billion, writes Matt Phillips for The New York Times.“Dropbox’s initial public offering could pave the way for other unicorns to soon go public.”
Mouse on Mars, a music duo featuring former MIT guest lecturer Jan St .Werner, premiered their new album “Dimensional People” through a “spatial installation” that allowed guests to hear “more or less of certain instruments depending on their location,” writes Terence Cawley for The Boston Globe. The premiere was part of the “MIT conference/sound festival Dissolve Music” which St. Wener and Prof. Ian Condry helped organize.
A recent study from Media Lab graduate student Joy Buolamwini addresses errors in facial recognition software that create concern for civil liberties. “If programmers are training artificial intelligence on a set of images primarily made up of white male faces, their systems will reflect that bias,” writes Cristina Quinn for WGBH.