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MIT researchers use AI to turn the coronavirus into a haunting melody

An AI system that turns the coronavirus‘ structure into music could help scientists spot details about COVID-19 that a microscope would miss. The AI-generated tune is an audible representation of the coronavirus’ “spike” proteins, which spread the infection by poking out of the virus and binding to human cells. These spikes make the surface of the virus look like a crown — or “corona” in Latin. The spikes are formed of protein building blocks called amino acids. Researchers from the Massachusett...
Tags: Startups, Science, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Neural, Coronavirus


“Living drug factories” might treat diabetes and other diseases

One promising way to treat diabetes is with transplanted islet cells that produce insulin when blood sugar levels get too high. However, patients who receive such transplants must take drugs to prevent their immune systems from rejecting the transplanted cells, so the treatment is not often used.To help make this type of therapy more feasible, MIT researchers have now devised a way to encapsulate therapeutic cells in a flexible protective device that prevents immune rejection while still allowin...
Tags: Health, Biology, Medicine, Mit, Medical Research, Innovation, Disease, Health Care, Bose, Anderson, JDRF, Daniel Anderson, Langer, Robert Langer, Koch Institute, Sigilon Therapeutics


Maker Update's COVID-19 response edition

Since its launch three years ago, Donald Bell's Maker Update has been one of my favorite weekly YouTube...well, maker updates. I always find inspiring projects, tool reviews, and tips of interest. As you can imagine, more COVID-19 maker response content has been showing up on the show. This week, almost all of the episode is dedicated to maker responses to the pandemic. There's a project for building a Raspberry Pi-powered soap dispenser that plays 20 seconds of Spotify to time proper hand wash...
Tags: Spotify, Post, News, Makers, Youtube, Mit, Donald Bell, COVID-19, Pandemic Response, Maker Response


Save $70 on this secondary monitor that you can add to any laptop

Even if you don’t miss much else about the office right now, there's a good chance your home laptop is making you nostalgic for the added efficiency of that pair of monitors on your desk at work to spread out your workflow. There’s no telling how long the new normal may continue to be the new normal, so it’s worth considering who to best replicate some of your favorite productivity aids in your new, more mobile setting. You can start with the Mobile Pixels DUEX Pro Portable Dual Monitor, which o...
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Public health interventions will drive economic recovery from COVID-19

A major new study titled “Pandemics Depress the Economy, Public Health Interventions Do Not: Evidence from the 1918 Flu,” by MIT economist Emil Verner and others, and published as a working paper in the Social Science Research Network, puts the role of public health measures and financial welfare during public health crises into perspective.
Tags: Health, Mit, Social Science Research Network, COVID, Emil Verner


MIT launches new technique to mass manufacture disposable face shields

The shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) available to healthcare professionals has become increasingly problematic as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.
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Pinterest CEO and a team of leading scientists launch a self-reporting COVID-19 tracking app

There have been a few scattered efforts to leverage crowd-sourced self-reporting of symptoms as a way to potentially predict and chart the progress of COVID-19 across the U.S., and around the world. A new effort looks like the most comprehensive, well-organized and credibly backed yet — and it has been developed in part by Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann. Silbermann and a team from Pinterest enlisted the help of high school friend, and CRISPR gene-editing pioneer / MIT and Harvard...
Tags: Health, Android, TC, Apps, Crowdsourcing, Pinterest, Biology, Stanford, America, Tech, Mit, Harvard, United States, Photo Sharing, Cornell, Operating Systems


Energy-harvesting design aims to turn Wi-Fi signals into usable power

Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves — electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are also produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including our own bodies and the inanimate objects around us.Terahertz waves are pervasive in our daily lives, and if harnessed, their concentrated power could potentially serve as an alternate energy source. Imagine, ...
Tags: Energy, Technology, Internet, Mit, Innovation, Electricity, Sarah, Fu, Su Yang Xu, U S Army Research Laboratory, Liang Fu, Isobe, Altnernative energy, Hiroki Isobe, Harvard University Breaking, U S Army Research Office


MIT Fluid Dynamics Lab says 6 feet may not be enough for social distancing

If this is correct, we may need to revise guidelines
Tags: News, Trends, Mit, Coronavirus, COVID-19, MIT Fluid Dynamics Lab


MIT researchers say 6 feet may not be far enough while social distancing

If this is correct, we may need to revise guidelines
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How to Send SMS Messages with Google Sheets and your Android Phone

The Mail Merge for Gmail add-on lets you send personalized emails via Gmail but wouldn’t it be nice if a similar solution existed for sending personalized SMS to your contacts directly from your mobile phone?There are services, Twilio and Vonage for example, that let you send text messages programmatically to any phone number in the world. You can either build an SMS solution on top of these messaging APIs or you can take a simpler and less expensive route - build your own text sending app with...
Tags: Google, Android, Gmail, Seo, Sms, Mit, Archives, Google Sheet, Vonage, Google Sheets, Android app Connectivity


A group at MIT figured out how to make an emergency ventilator for $100 using a common hospital item — instead of the usual $30,000

A team at MIT developed an emergency ventilator that could be built with parts for $100 using a bag-valve resuscitator, a common hospital item, according to a recent report. The bag-valve resuscitator is typically a hand-operated piece of equipment, but the team developed a process to pump air mechanically. The design, which has yet to receive any of the necessary regulatory approval, will be posted online to provide experienced clinical engineers with the ability to build upon the work. Visit...
Tags: Trends, Mit, Beverly Hills, Fda, Jeff Bezos, US Food and Drug Administration, Ambu


MRI sensor reveals how dopamine drives brain activity

Using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor, MIT neuroscientists have discovered how dopamine released deep within the brain influences both nearby and distant brain regions.
Tags: Health, Mit


New sensors could offer early detection of lung tumors

MIT researchers have developed a urine test that can offer early detection of proteins linked to lung cancer. The diagnostic sensor, developed by a team led by Sangeeta Bhatia, is based on nanoparticles that can be injected or inhaled.
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How dopamine drives brain activity

Using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor that can track dopamine levels, MIT neuroscientists have discovered how dopamine released deep within the brain influences distant brain regions.
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MIT Team Shares New $500 Emergency Ventilator Design With the Public

A group of MIT scientists has created an emergency ventilator, which is affordable, and easily made using regular hospital devices. Interesting Engineering reports: A team of volunteers, scientists, physicians, and computer scientists at MIT known as E-Vent put their heads together three weeks ago to revive a 10-year-old ventilator project. The end result is a ventilator design that's affordable and easily replicated. The total cost of the device for the different parts is between $400 to $500, ...
Tags: Tech, Mit, Fda, Ambu


Color is launching a high-capacity COVID-19 testing lab and will open-source its design and protocols

Genomics health technology startup Color is doing its part to address the global COVID-19 pandemic, and has detailed the steps it’s taking to support expansion of testing efforts in a new blog post and letter from CEO Othman Laraki on Tuesday. The efforts include development of a high-throughput lab that can process as many as 10,000 tests per day, with a turnaround time of within 24 hours for reporting results to physicians. In order to provide the most benefit possible from the effort of stand...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Science, Education, Tech, Mit, Harvard, Genomics, Biotech, Test, Cornell, Broad Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine, Color Genomics, Othman Laraki


6 feet enough for social distancing? MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet

An MIT researcher says gaseous clouds could carry droplets of all sizes up to 27 feet, though doctors contend 6 feet is adequate against coronavirus.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Is 6 feet enough for social distancing? An MIT researcher says droplets carrying coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet.

An MIT researcher says gaseous clouds could carry droplets of all sizes up to 27 feet, though doctors contend 6 feet is adequate against coronavirus.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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MIT engineers develop soft, flexible neural implants

The brain is one of our most vulnerable organs, as soft as the softest tofu. Brain implants, on the other hand, are typically made from metal and other rigid materials that over time can cause inflammation and the buildup of scar tissue.
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Engineers 3D print soft, rubbery brain implants

MIT engineers are working on developing soft, flexible neural implants that can gently conform to the brain's contours and monitor activity over longer periods, without aggravating surrounding tissue. Such flexible electronics could be softer alternatives to existing metal-based electrodes designed to monitor brain activity, and may also be useful in brain implants that stimulate neural regions to ease symptoms of epilepsy, Parkinson's disease, and severe depression.
Tags: Science, Mit


The tech shift: Push politicians for answers, and develop your digital literacy

The rise of new technologies is making the United States more economically unequal, says Professor Ramesh Srinivasan. Americans should be pushing the current presidential candidates hard for answers on how they will bring economic security and how they will ensure that technological transitions benefit all of us."We are at an inflection point when it comes to top-down control over very many different aspects of our lives through privatized corporate power over technology," says Srinivasan. Now i...
Tags: Technology, Learning, Internet, Democracy, Life, Stanford, Government, Society, Mit, United States, Innovation, Inequality, Srinivasan, Ramesh Srinivasan, Global Issues


College Admissions and COVID-19: Don’t Panic

Panicked Over College Admissions and COVID-19? Don’t Be. The prospect of college admissions can be stress-inducing in the best of times, but in the age of COVID-19, it has produced a heightened level of anxiety all its own. With so many moving parts to the process, the questions about the impact of COVID-19 on each aspect are endless. What will happen with standardized testing? How will colleges view my end-of-year grades when school is so disrupted and classes are online? Since I can’t visit...
Tags: Facebook, College, Ap, Mit, Harvard, Dartmouth, Westfield, Andrea, Wharton School, Case Western Reserve, Educational Consulting, Great College Advice, College Selection, Application Tips, COVID, College Admissions And Coronavirus


Politico asked 34 big thinkers to predict how the coronapocalypse will permanently change our world

Politico asked 34 "macro thinkers" to share some of their thoughts on what the world will look like after we crawl from the wreckage of this thing. Some are hopeful, optimistic. Some, not so much. Definitely good food for thought. Here are a few excerpts. Mark Lawrence Schrad is an associate professor of political science and author of the forthcoming Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition. A new kind of patriotism When all is said and done, perhaps we will recognize their...
Tags: Post, Hope, News, Congress, Mit, New York Times, Broadway, Donald Trump, Thomas Pynchon, Sherry Turkle, Trump, Yo Yo Ma, Lin Manuel Miranda, Laura Benanti, Michiko Kakutani, Eric Klinenberg


A Beginner’s Guide to Typography

When it comes to choosing a font, it’s difficult to say why we might prefer one over another. Usually we end up with a nondescript reason like, “this one looks better” or “I liked this one best.” But designers know that typography is an important part of any design. Today we’ll take a look at some of the basic concepts of typography. We’ll look at what it is, some research behind how it helps us produce meaning, as well as whether you should choose a serif or sans serif font. That way, you can s...
Tags: Design, Microsoft, Typography, Mit, Young, Readability, Speaking, Serif, Calibri, Presentation Design, Sans Serif, Font, Robyn Young, Legibility, Font Choice, Natalie Downey


From the Archives: On Quiet Creativity

I’ve been writing posts for calnewport.com since July, 2007. This was soon after I finished all of my coursework and qualifiers for my doctorate at MIT, which I had tackled concurrently with writing and publishing my first two books. Which is all to say that by the summer of 2007 it suddenly seemed like I had a lot of free time on my hands. My solution to this state of affairs? This blog. In recent days, in a fit of nostalgia, I’ve begun browsing my voluminous archive. I thought it might fun to...
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An open-source ventilator design has been submitted for fast-track approval

The MIT team hopes the device could help save COVID-19 patients, as the escalating pandemic strains supplies of the machines.
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Helm.ai raises $13M on its unsupervised learning approach to driverless car AI

Four years ago, mathematician Vlad Voroninski saw an opportunity to remove some of the bottlenecks in the development of autonomous vehicle technology thanks to breakthroughs in deep learning. Now, Helm.ai, the startup he co-founded in 2016 with Tudor Achim, is coming out of stealth with an announcement that it has raised $13 million in a seed round that includes investment from A.Capital Ventures, Amplo, Binnacle Partners, Sound Ventures, Fontinalis Partners and SV Angel. More than a doze...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Automation, Quora, Nba, Private Equity, Simulation, Uc-berkeley, Robinhood


Thoughts On Notebooks

I’ve been using Moleskine notebooks since 2004, when I bought my first at the MIT bookstore. As I discuss in Digital Minimalism, high quality paper notebooks like Moleskines have historically played an important role in self-development because they provide a method to structure your interior life. Thoughts, concerns, ideas, aspirations: these flow constantly through our consciousness. Ink on paper puts a stake in the ground that you can cling to amidst this turmoil, enabling you to build some ...
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The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

When an egg cell of almost any sexually reproducing species is fertilized, it sets off a series of waves that ripple across the egg's surface. These waves are produced by billions of activated proteins that surge through the egg's membrane like streams of tiny burrowing sentinels, signaling the egg to start dividing, folding, and dividing again, to form the first cellular seeds of an organism.Now MIT scientists have taken a detailed look at the pattern of these waves, produced on the surface of ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Virginia, Mit, Nature, Oceans, Microbiology, Innovation, Physiology, National Science Foundation, Dunkel, Fakhri, Jörn Dunkel, Thomas D, Nikta Fakhri, Tzer Han Tan Jinghui Liu Pearson Miller