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The writing on the wall

>>Did humans speak through cave art? New paper links ancient drawings and language’s origins When and where did humans develop language? To find out, look deep inside caves, suggests an MIT professor. More precisely, some specific features of cave art may provide clues about how

Robo-picker grasps and packs

>>New robotic system could lend a hand with warehouse sorting and other picking or clearing tasks Unpacking groceries is a straightforward albeit tedious task: You reach into a bag, feel around for an item, and pull it out. A quick glance will tell you what

Energy-efficient encryption for the internet of things

>>Special-purpose chip reduces power consumption of public-key encryption by 99.75 percent, increases speed 500-fold Most sensitive web transactions are protected by public-key cryptography, a type of encryption that lets computers share information securely without first agreeing on a secret encryption key. Public-key encryption protocols are

Hairy tongues help bats drink up

>>New model predicts how hairs on a bat’s tongue draw up nectar Animals have evolved all manner of adaptations to get the nutrients they need. For nectar-feeding bats, long snouts and tongues let them dip in and out of flowers while hovering in mid-air. To

Institute launches the MIT Intelligence Quest

>>New Institute-wide initiative will advance human and machine intelligence research MIT today announced the launch of the MIT Intelligence Quest, an initiative to discover the foundations of human intelligence and drive the development of technological tools that can positively influence virtually every aspect of society.

Microfluidics from LEGO bricks

>>MIT engineers make microfluidics modular using the popular interlocking blocks MIT engineers have just introduced an element of fun into microfluidics. The field of microfluidics involves minute devices that precisely manipulate fluids at  submillimeter scales. Such devices typically take the form of flat, two-dimensional chips,