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Model helps robots navigate more like humans do

>>In simulations, robots move through new environments by exploring, observing, and drawing from learned experiences When moving through a crowd to reach some end goal, humans can usually navigate the space safely without thinking too much. They can learn from the behavior of others and

Getting serious about food safety

>>Deborah Blum’s new book explores the unlikely origins of food and drink regulation in the U.S. Milk may seem as wholesome a drink as there is, but it was not always so. Consider the U.S. in the late 19th century. At the time, producers of

Chemists discover unexpected enzyme structure

>>Metal cluster in enzyme that breaks down carbon dioxide can switch between two different shapes Many microbes have an enzyme that can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide. This reaction is critical for building carbon compounds and generating energy, particularly for bacteria that live in

New battery gobbles up carbon dioxide

>>Lithium-based battery could make use of greenhouse gas before it ever gets into the atmosphere A new type of battery developed by researchers at MIT could be made partly from carbon dioxide captured from power plants. Rather than attempting to convert carbon dioxide to specialized

What makes an educational video game work well?

>>MIT designers explain their philosophy in a new book, “Resonant Games” To succeed at “Lure of the Labyrinth,” a video game created by designers in MIT’s Education Arcade, players rescue pets from an underground lair inhabited by monsters. In so doing, they solve mathematical puzzles,