Hospitals are near their limits – computer models can help keep their doors open

Faced unexpected rises in COVID-19 admissions, computer models can help senior managers plan the use of hospital beds.

Gillian Hopkins Anderson, Research Associate, Management Science, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde, University of Strathclyde • conversation
yesterday ~6 min

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Mark Vogelsberger wins 2020 Buchalter Cosmology Prize for simulating a “fuzzy” universe

Associate professor of physics shares the honor with colleague Phillip Mocz for their novel dark matter research.

Kelso Harper | MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
Jan. 14, 2021 ~3 min

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How explainable artificial intelligence can help humans innovate

AI algorithms can solve hard problems and learn incredible tasks, but they can't explain how they do these things. If researchers can build explainable AI, it could lead to a flood of new knowledge.

Forest Agostinelli, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of South Carolina • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~7 min

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Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create “living materials”

A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Consumer electronics have changed a lot in 20 years – systems for managing e-waste aren't keeping up

Technical advances are reducing the volume of e-waste generated in the US as lighter, more compact products enter the market. But those goods can be harder to reuse and recycle.

Shahana Althaf, Postdoctoral associate, Yale University • conversation
Jan. 11, 2021 ~9 min

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Making smart thermostats more efficient

A smart thermostat quickly learns to optimize building microclimates for both energy consumption and user preference.

Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems • mit
Dec. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Ultracold atoms reveal a new type of quantum magnetic behavior

The findings may help researchers design “spintronic” devices and novel magnetic materials.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2020 ~8 min

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