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E.T., we’re home

>>Existing laser technology could be fashioned into Earth’s “porch light” to attract alien astronomers, study finds If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into something of a planetary porch

Study: There’s real skill in fantasy sports

>>Researchers find most fantasy sports are based on skill, not luck If you’ve ever taken part in the armchair sport of fantasy football and found yourself at the top of your league’s standings at the end of the season, a new MIT study suggests your

Why some Wikipedia disputes go unresolved

>>Study identifies reasons for unsettled editing disagreements and offers predictive tools that could improve deliberation Wikipedia has enabled large-scale, open collaboration on the internet’s largest general-reference resource. But, as with many collaborative writing projects, crafting the content can be a contentious subject. Often, multiple Wikipedia

Machines that learn language more like kids do

>>Computer model could improve human-machine interaction, provide insight into how children learn language. Children learn language by observing their environment, listening to the people around them, and connecting the dots between what they see and hear. Among other things, this helps children establish their language’s

How to mass produce cell-sized robots

>>Technique from MIT could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring Tiny robots no bigger than a cell could be mass-produced using a new method developed by researchers at MIT. The microscopic devices, which the team calls “syncells” (short for synthetic

Probiotics and antibiotics create a killer combination

>>Delivered together, the two join forces to eradicate drug-resistant bacteria In the fight against drug-resistant bacteria, MIT researchers have enlisted the help of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. In a new study, the researchers showed that by delivering a combination of antibiotic drugs and probiotics,