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Recommendation algorithms are a vital part of doing business on the Internet. They provide the basis of the targeted advertisements that account for most commercial sites’ revenues, and of services such as Pandora, the radio site that tailors song selections to listeners’ declared preferences.

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For discussion: We’re all quality professionals, right? We understand root cause analysis, right? But do we understand it and act on it as well as when we were babies?
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If you flip a light switch and nothing happens, there are a couple of possible explanations. One is that something has gone wrong in the external world—maybe the bulb has burned out. Alternatively, you may have made a mistake, perhaps flipping the wrong switch.

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Researchers from MIT and Harvard University crossed the Charles River to speak at a two-day symposium intended to bridge scientific innovation from both campuses with corporate interests from around the world. The symposium was held June 14–15, 2011, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston as part of Tech Connect World, an annual “matchmaking” conference that pairs innovators in sustainability, nanotechnology, and the life sciences with potential investors.

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When a supply chain is firing on all cylinders—moving products, information, and money on schedule—it goes largely unnoticed, at least to the average consumer. You expect to find the supplies you need at the grocery store, and to receive your latest Amazon order within five business days.

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(MIT: MA) -- At a time when the Internet puts an untold amount of information at anyone’s fingertips, automated scientific experiments churn out data faster than researchers can keep up with it, and communications networks can include billions of people, even the simplest computational tasks have the potential to grow and overwhelm a powerful supercomputer. But sometimes all that’s needed is just a percentage of the solution to a monstrous calculation. Biologists mining genomic data, for instance, might be interested in only a handful of genes.

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In recent years, many airplane manufacturers have started building their planes from advanced composite materials, which consist of high-strength fibers such as carbon or glass, embedded in a plastic or metal matrix. Such materials are stronger and more lightweight than aluminum, but they are also more difficult to inspect for damage because their surfaces usually don't reveal underlying problems.

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In recent years, many airplane manufacturers have started building their planes from advanced composite materials, which consist of high-strength fibers such as carbon or glass, embedded in a plastic or metal matrix. Such materials are stronger and more lightweight than aluminum, but they are also more difficult to inspect for damage because their surfaces usually don't reveal underlying problems.

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(MIT: Cambridge, MA) -- During about 30 percent of all heart attacks, people experience no symptoms. However, unmistakable signs of the attack remain in the bloodstream for days. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers, working with Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Cardiovascular Research Center, have designed a tiny implant that can detect those signs, which could help doctors more rapidly determine whether a patient has had a heart attack.