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Janabel Xia: Algorithms, dance rhythms, and the drive to succeed

Senior math major Janabel Xia is a study of a person in constant motion.When she isn’t sorting algorithms and improving traffic control systems for driverless vehicles, she’s dancing as a member of at least four dance clubs. She’s joined several social justice organizations, worked on cryptography and web authentication technology, and created a polling...

Sat May 18, 2024 00:29
Scientists use generative AI to answer complex questions in physics

When water freezes, it transitions from a liquid phase to a solid phase, resulting in a drastic change in properties like density and volume. Phase transitions in water are so common most of us probably don’t even think about them, but phase transitions in novel materials or complex physical systems are an important area of study.To fully understand...

Thu May 16, 2024 07:10
New tool empowers users to fight online misinformation

Most people agree that the spread of online misinformation is a serious problem. But there is much less consensus on what to do about it.Many proposed solutions focus on how social media platforms can or should moderate content their users post, to prevent misinformation from spreading.“But this approach puts a critical social decision in the hands...

Thu May 16, 2024 07:10
Five MIT faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences for 2024

The National Academy of Sciences has elected 120 members and 24 international members, including five faculty members from MIT. Guoping Feng, Piotr Indyk, Daniel J. Kleitman, Daniela Rus, and Senthil Todadri were elected in recognition of their “distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.” Membership to the National Academy of Sciences...

Tue May 14, 2024 23:33
Using ideas from game theory to improve the reliability of language models

Imagine you and a friend are playing a game where your goal is to communicate secret messages to each other using only cryptic sentences. Your friend's job is to guess the secret message behind your sentences. Sometimes, you give clues directly, and other times, your friend has to guess the message by asking yes-or-no questions about the clues you've...

Tue May 14, 2024 18:42
A better way to control shape-shifting soft robots

Imagine a slime-like robot that can seamlessly change its shape to squeeze through narrow spaces, which could be deployed inside the human body to remove an unwanted item.While such a robot does not yet exist outside a laboratory, researchers are working to develop reconfigurable soft robots for applications in health care, wearable devices, and industrial...

Fri May 10, 2024 07:03

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