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Origami anything

New algorithm generates practical paper-folding patterns to produce any 3-D structure by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a 1999 paper, Erik Demaine — now an MIT professor of electrical engineering and computer science, but then an 18-year-old PhD student at the University

New technique makes brain scans better

Boosting quality of patient MRIs could enable large-scale studies of stroke outcome by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, MA – People who suffer a stroke often undergo a brain scan at the hospital, allowing doctors to determine the location and extent of the damage.

Shrinking data for surgical training

Technique that reduces video files to one-tenth their initial size enables speedy analysis of laparoscopic procedures by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Laparoscopy is a surgical technique in which a fiber-optic camera is inserted into a patient’s abdominal cavity to provide a video

Testing the metrics

MIT researchers refine yardstick for measuring schools and teachers by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In recent years, 14 states in the U.S. have begun assessing teachers and schools using Value-Added Models, or VAMs. The idea is simple enough: A VAM looks at

Peatlands, already dwindling, could face further losses

Climate change could damage the fragile zones, causing major carbon emissions by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Tropical peat swamp forests, which once occupied large swaths of Southeast Asia and other areas, provided a significant “sink” that helped remove carbon dioxide