AI makes huge progress predicting how proteins fold – one of biology's greatest challenges – promising rapid drug development
Scientists in an artificial intelligence lab have made a breakthrough in solving the problem of how proteins fold into their final three-dimensional shape. The work could speed up creation of drugs.
Dec. 2, 2020 • ~11 min
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Dark skies have value. They are a profoundly wonderful yet highly threatened natural asset.
Nov. 11, 2020 • ~8 min
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MorphSensor lets users digitally model an object’s form and electronic function in one integrated space.
Oct. 22, 2020 • ~5 min
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Batteries power much of modern life, from electric and hybrid cars to computers, medical devices and cellphones. But unless they're made easier and cheaper to recycle, a battery waste crisis looms.
Oct. 22, 2020 • ~10 min
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House plants were our link with nature in lockdown – now they could change how we relate to the natural world
House plants enrich our domestic lives in ways we often fail to notice. But lockdown may have changed all that.
Oct. 19, 2020 • ~7 min
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Large datasets are difficult to depict as scatterplots — but that may change with a new CSAIL project for creating interactive visualizations.
Oct. 7, 2020 • ~3 min
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With trees infested by the emerald ash borer deemed essentially worthless, a team of designers wanted to see if the decaying wood could be repurposed as a building material.
Aug. 4, 2020 • ~7 min
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A team from MIT helped create an image retrieval system to find the closest matches of paintings from different artists and cultures.
July 29, 2020 • ~8 min
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Algorithms can now work out the best ways to lay out rooms, construct buildings and even change them over time to meet user needs.
June 18, 2020 • ~7 min
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Driverless cars could revolutionise transport for disabled people – so why aren't more companies including them in the design process?
May 20, 2020 • ~6 min
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