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To Make Robot Hands More Like Ours, MIT Built These Softer, Smarter Fingers

It’s easy to forget how amazing the dexterity and anatomy of our own hands are — until you learn how difficult they are to replicate for machines. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has made big strides in robotic hands this year, and now it’s published a new one.

Try Landing The SpaceX Falcon 9 Yourself With This Flash Game (It's Impossible)

Vertically landing a rocket ship the same way it takes off is one heck of a challenge. That’s why SpaceX hasn’t quite pulled it off just yet, and why this Falcon 9 lander flash game will frustrate you to no end.

Crash-Proof File System Saves Your Work When Your Computer Dies

We all know that gut-wrenching feeling of reloading a program after a crash, only to learn that hours of precious work have vanished into the ether. But if MIT computer scientists have anything to say about it, a glorious new era of crash-tolerant file systems may soon be upon us.

MIT's MultiFab 3D Printer Is One Giant Leap Towards A Real-Life Replicator

One day 3D printers will be able to churn out working electronics and fully-functional machines, instead of just plastic parts. And that day is now slightly closer with MIT CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D printer that can use ten different materials to build working devices in a single print run.

Watching MIT's Glass 3D Printer Is Absolutely Mesmerising

MIT’s Mediated Matter Group made a video showing off their first of its kind optically transparent glass printing process. It will soothe your soul.

It's Impossible To Overexpose A Shot With A New Camera Built By MIT

Many scenes you point a camera at are doomed to result in a crappy picture. Either the background is blown out, or the foreground is too dark. It’s a limitation of every camera sensor. MIT is working on technology that captures light in a new way, eliminating this problem completely.

A Human Master Gives This Robot Perfect Balance And Lightning Reflexes

Creating a humanoid robot that’s as agile and fast as an adult human — not a toddler — is a huge challenge as the recent DARPA challenge illustrated. So researchers at MIT have designed a robot that acts more like a puppet, relying on a human operator for dexterity, speed and balance.

Uh Oh, MIT Developed A Way To Make Robotic Hands Way More Like Our Own

Robotic arms have been around for decades now — but even though we humans like to compare these machines to our own bodies, robotic arms and hands are very, very limited when it comes to dexterity. According to a pair of MIT engineers, the key to making robotic hands more like our own is teaching them how to improvise.

MIT Invented A Way To Automatically Fix Software Bugs With Borrowed Code

A new system from MIT’s CSAIL, or Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, does something incredible to fix buggy software: It borrows healthy code from other applications — and then fixes the bug without ever accessing the original source code.

Physicists Just Cooled Molecules To A Hair Above Absolute Zero

Many scientists say that reaching absolute zero is a lot like travelling at the speed of light: impossible. Well, some MIT scientists almost pulled a Doc Brown and got a lot closer to the impossible goal by cooling a molecule to 500 nanokelvins. That’s just above absolute zero and about a million times colder than interstellar space.

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