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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Model could help determine quarantine measures needed to reduce Covid-19’s spread

A key finding: Early reopening last spring led to a dramatic drop in “quarantine strength” in southern and west-central U.S. states.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 14, 2020 ~9 min

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How humans use objects in novel ways to solve problems

What's SSUP? The Sample, Simulate, Update cognitive model developed by MIT researchers learns to use tools like humans do.

Center for Brains, Minds and Machines • mit
Nov. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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Vibrations of coronavirus proteins may play a role in infection

Study suggests mechanical properties of spike proteins can predict infectivity and lethality of different coronaviruses.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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