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  • Broadband picture may not be so bleak

    A new study disputes the claim that Internet data rates in the U.S. are only half as high as advertised; study’s authors call for better data.

    July 16, 2010
  • Computer automatically deciphers ancient language

    A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

    June 30, 2010
  • Toward the Semantic Web

    A new standard from the World Wide Web Consortium brings the Web a step closer to realizing the vision of its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee.

    June 22, 2010
  • How the brain recognizes objects

    A new computational model sheds light on the workings of the human visual system and could help advance artificial-intelligence research, too.

    June 7, 2010
  • Gesture-based computing on the cheap

    With a single piece of inexpensive hardware — a multicolored glove — MIT researchers are making <i>Minority Report</i>-style interfaces more accessible.

    May 20, 2010
  • Rivest wins faculty’s Killian Award

    MIT encryption pioneer recognized for ‘extraordinary’ contributions in computer science

    May 19, 2010
  • Machines that learn better

    New math will make it much easier to build machine-learning systems that tackle a wider range of problems.

    May 18, 2010
  • When good enough is better

    By exploiting a simple but counterintuitive trick, a new system finds sections of computer programs where accuracy can be traded for speed.

    May 13, 2010
  • Drug discovery, Netflix style?

    MIT researchers apply ranking algorithms to pharmaceutical R&D.

    April 13, 2010
  • In Profile: Missy Cummings

    Former U.S. Naval fighter pilot aims to improve how humans and computers interact.

    April 5, 2010
  • Web sites that can take a punch

    By preventing web applications from deviating from their normal behavior, a new MIT system can keep them online even during a cyberattack.

    March 17, 2010
  • Context is ev … well, something, anyway

    MIT research uses information about how frequently objects are seen together to refine the conclusions of object recognition systems.

    March 5, 2010
  • Explained: Linear and nonlinear systems

    Much scientific research across a range of disciplines tries to find linear approximations of nonlinear behaviors. But what does that mean?

    February 26, 2010
  • Sketch-interpreting software

    A new system that lets people enter data into a tablet computer simply by drawing diagrams on the screen could lead to interactive whiteboards.

    February 19, 2010
  • At Davos, MIT faculty discuss the nature of intelligence

    Videos available of professors' presentations at World Economic Forum

    January 28, 2010
  • Picture-driven computing

    New research could enable computer programming based on screen shots, not just code

    January 20, 2010
  • Putting the squeeze on data

    In work that could make it easier to handle huge data sets, MIT researchers improve data compression's fidelity without sacrificing speed

    December 21, 2009
  • Rethinking artificial intelligence

    Broad-based MIT project aims to reinvent AI for a new era. By going back and fixing mistakes, researchers hope to produce ‘co-processors’ for the human mind.

    December 7, 2009
  • Flight of fancy

    Using an autonomous mini-helicopter, an MIT team stunned the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International by solving one of its notoriously tough challenges on the first try.

    December 3, 2009
  • MIT joins Northrop Grumman’s new cybersecurity research consortium

    Will address nation’s most pressing cyber threats

    December 1, 2009