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The permanent struggle for liberty

>>Daron Acemoglu’s new book examines the battle between state and society, which occasionally produces liberal-democratic freedom By Peter Dizikes Where do democratic states with substantial personal liberty come from? Over the years, many grand theories have emphasized one specific factor or another, including culture, climate,

Uncovering the hidden “noise” that can kill qubits

>>New detection tool could be used to make quantum computers robust against unwanted environmental disturbances By Rob Matheson MIT and Dartmouth College researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, a tool that detects new characteristics of environmental “noise” that can destroy the fragile quantum state

Comparing primate vocalizations

>>Study shows Old World monkeys combine items in speech — but only two and never more, unlike humans By Peter Dizikes The utterances of Old World monkeys, some of our primate cousins, may be more sophisticated than previously realized — but even so, they display

MIT’s fleet of autonomous boats can now shapeshift

>>New capabilities allow “roboats” to change configurations to form pop-up bridges, stages, and other structures By Rob Matheson MIT’s fleet of robotic boats has been updated with new capabilities to “shapeshift,” by autonomously disconnecting and reassembling into a variety of configurations, to form floating structures in