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MIT researchers have developed a system, called Marko, that leverages radio-frequency (RF) signal reflections off human bodies to wirelessly monitor people’s movement inside their homes to provide insight for behavioral research and to help caretakers keep an eye on patients in assisted-living facilities.

Wireless movement-tracking system could collect health and behavioral data

MIT scientists have taken a step forward to leverage wireless signal's (that flows around us and bouncing off our bodies) reflections with the aim...

Explosions of universe’s first stars spewed powerful jets

After the Big Bang and before the first stars ignited, the universe was a very dark and cold place. There were no galaxies, no...
MIT/MGH AI model identified woman at high risk 4 years (left) before her breast cancer (right)/ Image Credit: MIT CSAIL

MIT researcher’s new AI Model can Predict Future Risk of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall. In 2019, approximately 268,600 new cases of...
MIT scientists have found that an interplay between atmospheric winds and the ocean waters south of India has a major influence over the strength and timing of the South Asian monsoon.

Ocean activity is key controller of summer monsoons

Motivated by the observations of southward ocean heat transport (OHT) in the Northern Indian Ocean during summer, scientists observed the role of ocean in...
A gel-like yield stress fluid, top, moves as a plug without shearing in a tube with the new surface coating. At bottom, the same fluid is seen shearing while it flows in an uncoated tube, where part of the fluid gets stuck to the tube while part of it continues to flow.

How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide

An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of...
In the neuron, a protective covering called myelin (grey) insulates the axon and increases the speed of electrical communication along the length of the neuron.

Neuroscientists reverse some behavioral symptoms of Williams Syndrome

Williams Syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that affects about 1 in 10,000 babies born in the United States, produces a range of symptoms including...
A team of scientists at MIT and elsewhere has developed a neural network, a form of artificial intelligence (AI), that can read scientific papers and render a plain-English summary in a sentence or two.

Can science writing be automated?

Science writers are sometimes known as scientific journalists. They report on scientific news for the media, sometimes taking on a more investigatory, critical role....
A new “particle simulator” developed by MIT researchers improves robots’ abilities to mold materials into simulated target shapes and interact with solid objects and liquids. This could give robots a refined touch for industrial applications or for personal robotics— such as shaping clay or rolling sticky sushi rice. Courtesy of the researchers

Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation

MIT scientists have developed a new learning system that can potentially improve robots’ abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about...
Researchers at MIT have found a way to analyze how to predict and prevent a boiling crisis, which is the point when so many bubbles form on a hot surface that they coalesce into a continuous sheet of vapor that blocks any further heat transfer from the surface to the water. Courtesy of the researchers

Getting to the bottom of the boiling crisis

The simple act of boiling water is one of humankind’s oldest inventions, and still central to many of today’s technologies, from coffee makers to...

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