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New software lets your car tell you what it needs

MIT team develops software that can tell if tires need air, spark plugs are bad, or air filter needs replacing BY DAVID L CHANDLER, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass — Imagine hopping into a ride-share car, glancing at your smartphone, and telling the driver that the

Selective memory

Scheme would make new high-capacity data caches 33 to 50 percent more efficient BY LARRY HARDESTY, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a traditional computer, a microprocessor is mounted on a “package,” a small circuit board with a grid of electrical leads on its bottom.

Toward efficient high-pressure desalination

>>Surprisingly, pressurization isn’t to blame for fouling of membranes, study finds. BY DAVID L. CHANDLER, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The desalination industry, a critical source of potable water in many arid regions, generated more than $13 billion last year and is expected to double

Flexible sensors can detect movement in GI tract

Ingestible devices could diagnose gastrointestinal slowdown or monitor food intake BY ANNE TRAFTON, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, MA – Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have built a flexible sensor that can be rolled up and swallowed. Upon ingestion, the sensor adheres to the

“Art teaches us how to disrupt” 

>> Why MIT’s Gediminas Urbonas helped produce a new book about art and public space BY PETER DIZIKES, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Much of what we hear about public space comes via routine transactional politics, when officials tell us whether or not we can afford,

How philosophy can solve your midlife crisis

>> MIT professor Kieran Setiya’s book “Midlife” aims to smooth out the rocky road of middle age BY PETER DIZIKES, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A few years ago, a man experienced a midlife crisis. He was professionally successful and had a rewarding family life, but

MIT physicist Rainer Weiss shares Nobel Prize in physics

>> LIGO inventor and professor emeritus of physics recognized “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.” BY JENNIFER CHU, MIT NEWS CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Rainer Weiss ’55, PhD ’62, professor emeritus of physics at MIT, has won the Nobel