October 17, 2019
TechCrunch reporter Darrell Etherington writes that MIT researchers have developed a new way to speed up the planning process involved in a robot grasping an object. The new technique reduces the “total time from as much as 10 or more minutes to less than a second,” Etherington explains. “That’s many orders of magnitude better.”
CSAIL researchers have developed a new system that can predict how selfless or selfish a driver’s behavior might be, writes Charles Towers-Clark for Forbes. “Predicting how humans might behave, and adjusting an algorithm’s reasoning based on how selfish or selfless their behavior might be, could dramatically reduce accidents between AI-enabled vehicles and humans,” Towers-Clark notes.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH, highlights how MIT researchers have identified a metabolic pathway that appears to play a key role in small cell lung cancer. Collins notes that “the new findings show the promise of gene-editing technology as a research tool for uncovering elusive cancer targets.”
Boston Globe reporter Scott Kirsner spotlights De-Ice, an MIT startup that is developing a new system to defrost planes. MIT graduate and De-Ice co-founder and CEO Alex Bratianu was inspired by wondering if he could “build something similar to your car’s rear-window defroster, where you press a button, and any frost would go away.”
MIT researchers have developed microparticles that could be used to fortify foods with essential nutrients, reports Tim McDonnell for NPR. The microparticles “could be added into flour, salt, dehydrated soup stock cubes or any mass-produced, granular food as it's being processed in a factory. Each might contain up to four different kinds of nutrients.”
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.”