November 15, 2019
MIT researchers have developed a device that can remove carbon dioxide from the air, reports Nsikan Akpan for the PBS NewsHour. “I realized there was a gap in the spectrum of solutions,” says postdoc Sahag Voskian. “Many current systems, for instance, are very bulky and can only be used for large-scale power plants or industrial applications.”
MIT and IBM researchers have developed a new dataset aimed at improving how AI systems identify objects, reports Kaveh Waddell and Alison Snyder for Axios. "We don’t want them to only recognize what is very common," says principal research scientist Boris Katz. "We want [a robot] to recognize a chair that is upside down on the floor and not say it is a backpack."
Writing for The Washington Post, Profs. Jonathan Gruber and Simon Johnson argue that to ease income inequality, the federal government must increase federal support for research and development in areas of the country that have underutilized technical talent. “To boost economic growth, we should strengthen scientific fields where breakthroughs are imminent and where any other country — China in particular — threatens to forge ahead,” they write.
WBUR’s Pamela Reynolds spotlights the new Becca Albee installation at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. “It's thinking about singular, intimate moments, somebody reflecting on a friendship or a relationship that was in the near past and then stepping back and thinking about time on a geologic scale,” says Yuri Stone, who curated the exhibit.
A new instrument device developed by MIT researchers improves the detection of gravitational waves by squeezing the vacuum of spacetime, reports Ryan Mandelbaum for Gizmodo. “The method enables us to increase the distance in the universe at which we can detect gravitational waves,” explains principal research scientist Lisa Barsotti.