Drive-by heat mapping

Technology that can scan large areas to find which buildings are leaking heat and wasting energy. The latest news from MIT is regarding Essess bringing “drive-by” innovations to energy efficiency in homes and businesses. Over the past few years, Essess Inc. has deployed cars mounted with imaging sensors to drive around the U.S. creating heat maps that show which homes aren’t sealed properly, wasting energy and their owners’ money. The startup deploys cars with thermal-imaging rooftop rigs tha...
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MIT System- Learning spoken language

System learns to distinguish words’ and phonetic components without human annotation of training data. MIT researchers have developed a revolutionary new machine-learning system that can learn to distinguish spoken words and unlike its predecessors, it can also learn to distinguish lower-level phonetic units, such as syllables and phonemes. Every language has its own collection of phonemes, or the basic phonetic units from which spoken words are composed. The English language has somewhere...
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How the brain keeps time

Neuroscientists at MIT and Columbia University have now figured out how neurons in one part of the brain measure time intervals and accurately reproduce them. Keeping track of time is critical for many tasks, such as playing the piano, swinging a tennis racket, or holding a conversation. The researchers found the lateral intraparietal cortex (LIP), which plays a role in sensorimotor function, represents elapsed time, as animals measure, and then reproduce a time interval. They also demonstrated ...
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Object recognition through flexible machine learning.

At the Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems, MIT researchers will present a new way of doing machine learning that enables semantically related concepts to reinforce each other. Machine learning, which is the basis for most commercial artificial-intelligence systems, is intrinsically probabilistic. An object-recognition algorithm asked to classify a particular image, for instance, might conclude that it has a 60 percent chance of depicting a dog, but a 30 percent chance of ...
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A noninvasive way to measure pressure in the brain.

MIT researchers team up with Boston Medical Center and Philips to test a noninvasive way to measure intracranial pressure. Current methods to check for increased pressure in a patient’s brain are invasive. One widely used technique is to drill a hole in the skull to insert a catheter or sensor into the brain tissue. Because of the risk of brain injury and infection, doctors typically only measure intracranial pressure or ICP when a patient is very sick, even though knowledge of this pressure cou...
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Interact with real objects by reaching through your screen.

Unreal MIT invention Inform - allows you to reach through the screen and touch things. Recently unveiled, inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving obj...
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How flu viruses gain the ability to spread

New study reveals the soft palate is a key site for evolution of airborne transmissibility. Researchers from MIT and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) made the surprising finding on Flu virus, while examining the H1N1 flu strain, which caused a 2009 pandemic that killed more than 250,000 people Scientists have discovered that the soft palate which is the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth, plays a key role in viruses’ ability to travel through ...
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