November 19, 2019

Lamborghini and MIT patent a new technology for supercapacitors

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Sant’Agata Bolognese/Boston, 06 November 2019 – The collaboration between Automobili Lamborghini and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has produced a major initial result: a patent for an innovative synthetic material that will serve as the technological base for a new generation of supercapacitors. The collaboration began three years ago when Automobili Lamborghini joined the MIT-Italy Program, […]

MIT scientists create the blackest black that has ever blacked

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By Kellen Beck From Mashable Engineers at MIT have created a material that’s so black it set a new blackness record. This new ultrablack material, reported by MIT News Thursday, is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes grown on chlorine-etched aluminum foil and it captures 99.995% of light, making it about 10 times blacker than the previous […]

AI reveals hidden objects in the dark

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By Jon Fingas From engadget It could lead to safer medical scans and other breakthroughs. You might not see most objects in near-total darkness, but AI can. MIT scientists have developed a technique that uses a deep neural network to spot objects in extremely low light. The team trained the network to look for transparent patterns in […]

NHTSA study forecasts dangerous rise in world temperatures by 2100

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By Jon Fingas From engadget But it’s being used to justify relaxing environmental standards. The Trump administration has accepted the scientific consensus of human-made global warming. However, it’s not being used to push for tougher environmental regulations — just the opposite, in fact. In a draft NHTSA environmental impact statement for Trump’s proposed fuel standards […]

Researchers design self-powered robots the size of human cells

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By Brian Heater From TechCrunch The latest robots out of MIT are small enough to float “indefinitely” in the air. Researchers accomplished the feat by attaching 2D electronics to colloids — tiny particles measuring around one-billionth to one-millionth of a meter. All told, the devices are roughly the size of a human egg cell. What’s […]

Gadget of the week

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MIT researchers turn water into ‘calm’ software By Aaron Souppouris, From engadget The Tangible Media Group has some bold ideas for the future of computing. Our lives are busy and full of distractions. Modern computing. with its constant notifications and enticing red bubbles next to apps, seems designed to keep us enthralled. MIT Media Lab’s […]

MIT embarks on ambitious plan to build nuclear fusion plant by 2033

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By Mallory Locklear From engadget It just received $50 million worth of funding to do so. MIT announced yesterday that it and Commonwealth Fusion Systems — an MIT spinoff — are working on a project that aims to make harvesting energy from nuclear fusion a reality within the next 15 years. The ultimate goal is […]

MIT CSAIL’s drone is never quite sure where it is

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By Andrew Tarantola From engadget Somehow, that helps it avoid hitting trees. The current generation of autonomous drone navigation and flightpath planning systems are almost too precise, demanding hundreds of measurements be taken so that the UAV knows exactly where it is in space at any given moment. And if those readings are off by […]

There might finally be a driverless car with some common sense

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By Will Knight, MIT Technology Review From Business Insider Boston’s notoriously unfriendly drivers and chaotic roads may be the perfect testing ground for a fundamentally different kind of self-driving car. An MIT spin-off callediSee is developing and testing the autonomous driving system using a novel approach to artificial intelligence. Instead of relying on simple rules […]

Drone fleets track inventory

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MIT researchers use drone fleets to track warehouse inventory By David Lumb, From engadget The small, safe UAVs can be used with existing RFID-tracking setups. Imagine a warehouse buzzing with tiny drones that automatically track and monitor inventory from afar, leaving workers free to manage and move material. That’s the new system developed by MIT […]