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Digital Age: Soon robots may be able to...

Soon robots may be able to make Ikea furniture more tolerable by, well, assembling it. A bunch of MIT researchers have found that Ikea's "furniture assembly system has a very versatile architecture. It makes use of almost all the possible ways of making a Robust and ideal mobile manipulation system." Conan, for one, will be happy. [Smithsonian Blog; previously]

New Paper-Based Urine Cancer Screenings Could be as Easy as Testing for Pregnancy

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Early detection of cancer is often crucial to patient survival, but in many parts of the world people just can’t afford the cost of an expensive diagnosis. To combat the rise of cancer rates in developing countries, MIT engineers have developed a revolutionary paper-based urine test that could cheaply and effectively diagnosis whether a person has cancer in mere minutes. The test, which works similarly to a pregnancy test, uses synthetic biomarker technology to eliminate the need for expensive, specialized equipment.

MIT’s groundbreaking MultiFab 3D printer uses a record 10 materials at once

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3D-printing took a giant leap forward this week when an MIT research team announced they have developed a low-cost 3D printer that can use up to 10 different materials for one project. The innovation comes out of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and they are calling it “MultiFab” for its ability to handle so many different types of material at the same time. This approach, which also includes vision assistance, can potentially save users time, energy and money. Some users of 3D-printing technology can pick one of two of those, but all three in the same machine is unprecedented at this level.

Signal-Free Intersections: Future Streets for Self-Driving Cars

[ By WebUrbanist in Architecture & Cities & Urbanism. ]

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All of our automotive infrastructure is designed around the needs of human drivers, but in a world of driverless cars, a crossroads need not slow anyone down, let alone force someone to stop.

A team of researchers from MIT, Swiss Institute of Technology and the Italian National Research Council developed this Light Traffic concept for maintaining safe distances and speeds, moving vehicles through quickly, efficiently and fairly. Traffic problems are boiled down to a system of sequences, each accommodating different volumes from different directions.

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MIT Developing Ionic Wind Thrusters as Efficient Alternative to Jet Engines

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A team from MIT is working on developing ionic wind thrusters as an energy-efficient, low-emission alternative to conventional propulsion technologies like jet engines. The new thrusters would use ionic energy, which is created when a current passes between two electrodes. If one electrode is thinner than the other, it creates an air current in the space between them – and if a substantial voltage is applied, the device could produce powerful thrust without the need for fuel or motors.

MIT Researchers: 1 Old Car Battery Can Help Power 30 Homes

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Science recently scored a simultaneous victory over pollution for both recycling and renewable energy! A team of researchers at MIT has come up with plan to turn old car batteries into durable solar panels. According to, the system proposed by a group of MIT professors and published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science uses a fairly new solar cell technology that includes a compound called perovskite, which is nearly on par with traditional silicon-based cells but takes significantly less material to manufacture. The big problem to date with perovskite is the fact that lead – a source of toxic pollution that’s destructive to plants and animals – is a major ingredient in its manufacturing.