This programmable fiber has memories and can sense temperature

Researchers were even able store and read a 767-kilobit full-color short movie file in the fabric.

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MIT researchers have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze, and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt.

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Water recycling: "Toilet to tap" is future of clean drinking water

As droughts threaten water supplies across the planet, some municipalities aim to utilize an untapped resource: sewage water.

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  • Water recycling, or water reclamation, involves cleaning water with filters and chemicals to make it environmentally safe.
  • In Texas, El Paso's water utility is taking this a step further by building a closed-loop system that will directly convert sewage water into drinkable water.
  • Unsurprisingly, surveys show that most people don't like the idea of drinking recycled water, but public outreach programs seem able to change minds.
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Looking for something? A team at MIT develop a robot that sees through walls

It uses radio waves to pinpoint items, even when they're hidden from view.

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In recent years, robots have gained artificial vision, touch, and even smell.
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Google invents a new tool that can make you hear color

A machine learning system lets visitors at a Kandinsky exhibition hear the artwork.

Have you ever heard colors?

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MIT artificial intelligence tech can generate 3D holograms in real-time

A new method could make holograms for virtual reality, 3D printing, and more. You can even run it can run on a smartphone.

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Despite years of hype, virtual reality headsets have yet to topple TV or computer screens as the go-to devices for video viewing.

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