ENDLESS FRONTIER:
INNOVATIONS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

August 2013

Convergence/Health

Brain scans may help diagnose dyslexia
Results from a new MIT study show differences in a key language structure can be seen even before children start learning to read.
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Why tumors become drug-resistant
MIT research analysis produces new findings, which could lead to drugs that fight back when tumors don’t respond to treatment.
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Controlling contagion by restricting mobility
Newly published MIT study shows that in the face of an epidemic, even moderate government-mandated travel restrictions would slow contagion.
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Making connections in the eye
Wiring diagram of retinal neurons is first step toward mapping the human brain.
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Science

How to make big things out of small pieces
MIT researchers invent a new approach to assembling big structures out of small interlocking composite components, which could revolutionize the assembly of airplanes, spacecraft, and even larger structures, such as bridges, dikes and levees.
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MIT professor emeritus Rodney Brooks refines the sequel to iRobot
Brooks’ startup, Rethink Robotics, is producing more innovative, helpful robots that can adapt to manufacturing tasks and the factory environment, working safely beside humans and demonstrating “common sense.”
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Encryption is less secure than we thought
For 65 years, most information-theoretic analyses of cryptographic systems have made a mathematical assumption that turns out to be wrong.
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