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Physicists discover new quantum electronic material

>>With an atomic structure resembling a Japanese basketweaving pattern, “kagome metal” exhibits exotic, quantum behavior. A motif of Japanese basketweaving known as the kagome pattern has preoccupied physicists for decades. Kagome baskets are typically made from strips of bamboo woven into a highly symmetrical pattern

Depth-sensing imaging system can peer through fog

>>Computational photography could solve a problem that bedevils self-driving cars MIT researchers have developed a system that can produce images of objects shrouded by fog so thick that human vision can’t penetrate it. It can also gauge the objects’ distance. An inability to handle misty

Scientists find seismic imaging is blind to water

Findings may lead scientists to reinterpret seismic maps of the Earth’s interior CAMBRIDGE, MASS.–When an earthquake strikes, nearby seismometers pick up its vibrations in the form of seismic waves. In addition to revealing the epicenter of a quake, seismic waves can give scientists a way

Evading in-flight lightning strikes

>>MIT study shows electrically charging planes would reduce their risk of being struck by lightning Aviation experts estimate that every commercial airplane in the world is struck by lightning at least once per year. Around 90 percent of these strikes are likely triggered by the

On Twitter, false news travels faster than true stories

>>Research project finds humans, not bots, are primarily responsible for spread of misleading information A new study by three MIT scholars has found that false news spreads more rapidly on the social network Twitter than real news does — and by a substantial margin. “We