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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

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