Engineering

Team reports giant response of semiconductors to light

In an example of the adage "everything old is new again," MIT engineers report a new discovery in semiconductors, well-known materials that have been the focus of intense study for over 100 years thanks to their many applications ...

Energy & Green Tech

How artificial intelligence could lower nuclear energy costs

Nuclear power plants provide large amounts of electricity without releasing planet-warming pollution. But the expense of running these plants has made it difficult for them to stay open. If nuclear is to play a role in the ...

Computer Sciences

Busting anti-queer bias in text prediction

Modern text prediction is far from perfect—take, for instance, when a search query suggests something completely different from your intention. But the trouble doesn't end at inaccuracy. Text prediction can also be extremely ...

Internet

Facebook use plunges among US teens: survey

US teens have left Facebook in droves over the past seven years, preferring to spend time at video-sharing venues YouTube and TikTok, according to a Pew Research Center survey data out Wednesday.

Hardware

Graphene synapses advance brain-like computers

Computers that think more like human brains are inching closer to mainstream adoption. But many unanswered questions remain. Among the most pressing, what types of materials can serve as the best building blocks to unlock ...

Computer Sciences

How image features influence reaction times

It's an everyday scenario: you're driving down the highway when out of the corner of your eye you spot a car merging into your lane without signaling. How fast can your eyes react to that visual stimulus? Would it make a ...

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