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A new approach to rechargeable batteries

>>New metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problems and lead to inexpensive power storage A type of battery first invented nearly five decades ago could catapult to the forefront of energy storage technologies, thanks to a new finding by researchers at MIT and other institutions. The

Ultrafine fibers have exceptional strength

>>New technique developed at MIT could produce strong, resilient nanofibers for many applications Researchers at MIT have developed a process that can produce ultrafine fibers — whose diameter is measured in nanometers, or billionths of a meter — that are exceptionally strong and tough. These

A manifesto for designing cities

>>MIT professor’s new book calls for a more pluralistic, democratic vision of the city. “The city is a people’s art, a shared experience,” a Philadelphia architect and planner named Edmund Bacon once wrote, adding that any urban designer’s job was to “conceive an idea, implant

Street signs

>>Study shows how seriously investors took the possibility of a democratic revolution during Egypt’s Arab Spring Day after day in early 2011, massive crowds gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Away from the square, the protests had

Street signs

>>Study shows how seriously investors took the possibility of a democratic revolution during Egypt’s Arab Spring Day after day in early 2011, massive crowds gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Away from the square, the protests had

Reading a neural network’s mind

>>Technique illuminates the inner workings of artificial-intelligence systems that process language Neural networks, which learn to perform computational tasks by analyzing huge sets of training data, have been responsible for the most impressive recent advances in artificial intelligence, including speech-recognition and automatic-translation systems. During training,