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Giving robots a better feel for object manipulation

>>Model improves a robot’s ability to mold materials into shapes and interact with liquids and solid objects A new learning system developed by MIT researchers improves robots’ abilities to mold materials into target shapes and make predictions about interacting with solid objects and liquids. The

Can science writing be automated?

>>A neural network can read scientific papers and render a plain-English summary The work of a science writer, including this one, includes reading journal papers filled with specialized technical terminology, and figuring out how to explain their contents in language that readers without a scientific

Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

>>Mechanical “training” produces strong, fatigue-resistant, yet soft hydrogels with possible uses in medicine Human skeletal muscles have a unique combination of properties that materials researchers seek for their own creations. They’re strong, soft, full of water, and resistant to fatigue. A new study by MIT

TESS discovers its first Earth-sized planet

Orbiting a nearby star, the new planet is the smallest identified so far by the TESS mission by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, has discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanet. The planet, named HD 21749c, is the smallest

Greener, more efficient natural gas filtration

>>Novel membrane material removes more impurities, without the need for toxic solvents Natural gas and biogas have become increasingly popular sources of energy throughout the world in recent years, thanks to their cleaner and more efficient combustion process when compared to coal and oil. However,