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Oct 30 - As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption. With information technology consuming a steadily growing fraction of the world's energy supplies, some researchers and hardware manufacturers are exploring the possibility of simply letting chips botch the occasional computation.
Mathematics Oct 30

Most modern cryptographic schemes rely on computational complexity for their security. In principle, they can be cracked, but that would take a prohibitively long time, even with enormous computational resources.

Medicine Oct 29

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins yesterday urged an MIT audience to "reflect on what our role is as scientists and citizens of the world." - "What we're engaged in is a noble enterprise," Collins told attendees at the Karl Taylor Compton Lecture, who filled Room 10-250.

Computer Science Oct 29

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind.

Business Oct 28

Stream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you'll probably see the battery drain significantly.

Astronomy Oct 29

By the end of this decade, NASA hopes to lasso a space rock: The space agency is actively pursuing proposals for its Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) - a mission that aims to identify, capture, and redirect an asteroid into lunar orbit.

Civil Engineering Oct 29

The renewal of manufacturing is not an abstract economic issue: It is very much an urban issue. American manufacturing, for instance, rose in cities, and those cities grew around industries from automakers to steelmakers to textiles.

Business Oct 28

If the majority of light-duty vehicles in the United States ran on higher-octane gasoline, the automotive industry as a whole would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 35 million tons per year, saving up to $6 billion in fuel costs, according to a new analysis by MIT researchers.

Medicine Oct 27

Every year, about 100,000 Americans are diagnosed with brain tumors that have spread from elsewhere in the body.

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