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In the Maldives, MIT experiment fights rising sea levels with nature

Growing Islands harness natural wave forces to build underwater sand buffers By Liz Stinson As our environmental prognosis grows increasingly grim, designers have started to think about ways to mitigate what feels like an an inevitable crash course with nature. Cities along the...
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MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is experimenting with growing islands and coastlines in the Maldives

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab proposes new way of growing islands and coastlines

Researchers at MIT and in the Maldives have come up with a solution to help coastal communities threatened by climate change: submersible objects carefully placed to promote the growth of beaches and islands. Rima Sabina Aouf Researchers at MIT and in the Maldives have come up...
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MIT researchers discover way to move 25 ton stones with only their hands

kieron marchese cambridge-based firm matter design has unveiled research on seemingly ‘weightless’ concrete forms that can be easily moved. realised in collaboration with construction-research company CEMEX global R&D, the pair have discovered a way of rotating mammoth stones...
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MIT surveys two million people to set out ethical framework for driverless cars

Self-driving cars should swerve to protect young people over the elderly and humans over animals, according to a global survey of more than two million people conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rima Sabina Aouf Self-driving cars should swerve...
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MIT proposes series of ponds to combat urban floods caused by climate change

kieron marchese a team of engineers and urban planners at MIT has developed a solution to climate change-causing floods: multifunctional urban stormwater wetlands and ponds that seamlessly integrate the control and cleaning of stormwater with ecological and recreationa...
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This Week in Tech: Elon Musk’s Boring Company To Build High-Speed Transportation System in Chicago

Plus, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation creates online virtual reality for Taliesin West, MIT develops new computer chip smaller than a dime, and more design-tech news from this week. By Ayda Ayoubi Elon Musk announced in a tweet last Thursday that his Boring Co. has been...
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This Week in Tech: MIT and BMW Collaborate on Liquid Printed Inflatables

Plus, 3D printing multiple materials at once, our latest podcast episode on Katerra, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane A team from MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab and BMW’s design department have developed liquid-printed inflatable materials that...
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MIT Press to Make Landmark Architecture Books Freely Accessible Online

The MIT Press is set to make at least 25 landmark out-of-date architecture books freely accessible, including works about Frank Lloyd Wright and Alberti. by Niall Patrick Walsh If you don’t have access to an architecture library (and even if you do), sifting through shelves...
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MIT predicts 10 breakthrough technologies of 2018

The MIT Technology Review has released a list of technologies it believes will make the most impact over the next 12 months. Dan Howarth The MIT Technology Review has released a list of technologies it believes will make the most impact over the next 12 months, including smarter...
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Energy-efficient encryption for the internet of things

Special-purpose chip reduces power consumption of public-key encryption by 99.75 percent, increases speed 500-fold. Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office February 12, 2018 Most sensitive web transactions are protected by public-key cryptography, a type of encryption that lets...
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