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Giving robots a faster grasp

>>An algorithm speeds up the planning process robots use to adjust their grip on objects, for picking and sorting, or tool use By Jennifer Chu If you’re at a desk with a pen or pencil handy, try this move: Grab the pen by one end

Assembler robots make large structures from little pieces

>>Systems of tiny robots may someday build high-performance structures, from airplanes to space settlements By David L. Chandler Today’s commercial aircraft are typically manufactured in sections, often in different locations — wings at one factory, fuselage sections at another, tail components somewhere else — and

Recovering “lost dimensions” of images and video

>>Model could recreate video from motion-blurred images and “corner cameras,” may someday retrieve 3D data from 2D medical images By Rob Matheson MIT researchers have developed a model that recovers valuable data lost from images and video that have been “collapsed” into lower dimensions. The

A look at Japan’s evolving intelligence efforts

>>New book examines the past and future of Japanese intelligence services in a rapidly shifting world By Peter Dizikes Once upon a time — from the 1600s through the 1800s — Japan had a spy corps so famous we know their name today: the ninjas,

How to dismantle a nuclear bomb

>>MIT team successfully tests a new method for verification of weapons reduction By Peter Dizikes How do weapons inspectors verify that a nuclear bomb has been dismantled? An unsettling answer is: They don’t, for the most part. When countries sign arms reduction pacts, they do