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April 2013

In Memoriam
                                                                                 

‘He loved us, and we loved him’— Sean Collier: 1987-2013
MIT community recalls fallen officer Sean Collier, who made a big impression in 15 months at MIT.
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Science

Exploring a breakdown in communication
Study reveals linguistic deficits behind autistic children’s difficulties understanding other people.
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Explained: Nanowires and nanotubes
Tiny filaments and cylinders are studied for possible uses in energy, electronics, optics and other fields.
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Health/Convergence

Study reveals how melanoma evades chemotherapy
Drugs that block nitric oxide could weaken cancer cells’ resistance, researchers say.
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Making sense of medical sensors
Computer scientists and electrical engineers are devising algorithms that look for useful new patterns in data produced by medical sensors.
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Space

New five-planet system contains two that are in the ‘habitable zone’
Potentially habitable planets are slightly larger than Earth.
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NASA selects MIT-led TESS project for 2017 mission
$200 million project will launch telescopes to perform full-sky search for transiting exoplanets.
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