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  1. Neuroscientist Shaves Her Head to Better Illustrate How the Brain Works/Look Awesome

    MIT Neuroscientist Nancy Kanwisher is sick of all this damn hair making it difficult to demonstrate just where certain regions of the brain lie. Either that, or she was just looking for an excuse to shave her head to look awesome/begin her journey towards supervillain-dom.

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  2. Never Examine Your Zipper Again With The Help of Sartorial Robots

    Okay, unless you are a giant with a monster fly, this little guy from MIT's Personal Robot Group won't be taking care of your jeans any time soon. But sleeves, jackets, and surface zippers? The sartorial robot has got those suckers down.

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  3. Science Is Real Close to Developing Squid-like Color Changing Skin From Synthetic Materials

    Nobody suspects a thing!

    Some squids, octopuses, and other cephalopods are able to camouflage their bodies underwater by changing the color and texture of their skin, which is probably how they're able to so successfully infiltrate our society and integrate themselves into human families as our octodads. But according to new research from MIT, humans are pretty close to creating our own version of cephalopod skin.

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  4. Slow Motion Video Sheds Light On Why Rain Has That Distinct “Petrichor” Smell

    Things the Doctor's Wife didn't teach us.

    Say it with me, Doctor Who nerds: petrichor is the smell of dust after rain. But despite having an incredible fancy name that would also double as a wonderful perfume brand, scientists were never quite sure how that whole "rain smell" thing worked, other than a guess that it might be a result of oils and chemicals being released from the ground. Leave it to MIT to set the record straight with a bunch of fancy high-tech cameras, eh?

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  5. Elon Musk Is Afraid We Might Create Ultron, He Is Now Officially Tony Stark

    There are no strings on Musk.

    Now do you believe me that Elon Musk is not-so-secretly Iron Man? The dude is worried about Ultron, for crap's sake! Whoever came up with this viral marketing campaign for Age of Ultron deserves a raise.

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  6. MIT Warns Mars One Habitat Plans May Poison Their Own Mars Settlers Within 70 Days of Arrival

    You got what you want. Give these people air! ...But not too much of it.

    Mars One is a private Mars settlement mission that aims to recoup the costs of establishing the first human colony on an alien planet by turning it into a reality show, so now you've got some context for the fact that their life support plans may actually backfire and poison their own settlers. That's one heck of an elimination challenge.

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  7. Tempting Fate: MIT’s Robot Cheetah Can Now Run Without Cables, Leashes, Fatigue, or Mercy

    You can run, but you can't hide. Nope, you're just doomed.

    Robots do amazing things for us. They take boring repetitive jobs, move heavy objects, and even snark at each other on cellphone commercials. They also do horrifying things like laser our limbs off before we can even feel it and chase us down like we're antelope on the African plains, and MIT has now enabled their Cheetah-inspired, four-legged robot to run and leap all on its own. When the Terminator comes for you, it'll need your clothes and your boots, but not your motorcycle.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Detroit Is Turning Into Gotham City

    Oh, it's for Batman v Superman and not Batkid? Oh well.

    Feast your X-Ray vision or little bat lenses on some tweeted set photos from the Detroit Gotham City filming of Batman v Superman.

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  9. Audio Recovered From Vibrations in Soundless Video, MIT Scientists Can Now See Sound

    No word yet on whether they can also taste colors, maaaaan.

    Scientists can now see sound! It's not synesthesia or science fiction—well, it's not science fiction anymore. Using high speed video, MIT researchers have been able to reverse-Daredevil sound out of sight by observing vibrations in the objects they recorded. The results in this video are nothing short of amazing, although I'm a little preoccupied thinking about Daredevil fighting reverse-Daredevil now.

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  10. MIT Won’t Wait for Sinister Six, Invented Their Own Doctor Octopus Arms

    Neat! Do Mysterio next!

    Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs) are robot limbs that give the wearer extra appendages instead of augmenting their existing ones. They can be used for important things like holding an object that a person needs two hands to interact with, opening doors when you're holding something in both hands, or making you Doc Ock—whatever you're into.

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  11. High-Tech “Origami” Folds In Oven, Kinda Like Shrinky Dinks But Way More Awesome

    It's a magical world, alright.

    I don't know about you, but when I was a kid I could not get a handle on Shrinky Dinks. Every time I popped one into the oven it would contort itself beyond all recognition. These cut-outs from MIT do the same thing when exposed to heat -- well, sort of. Instead of getting all twisted and gross, they fold themselves into awesome shapes.

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  12. Researchers Believe the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” to Be No More Fake Than Other Gospels

    "And lo, Jesus was too busy making metaphors for strangers to remember my birthday."

    "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife" is a pice of papyrus that contains controversial statements about—you guessed it—Jesus' wife. It says things like, "Jesus said to them, My wife... she is able to be my disciple..." and probably a lot about how he's always out boozing it up on water-wine with his 12 buddies. Now there's research showing its authenticity.

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  13. MIT Built a Squishy Robot Fish That Swims Like the Real Thing, Let’s Make a Mega Piranha Sequel

    Called Mecha Piranha, of course.

    MIT's new robot fish is the latest in "soft robotics," which is like regular robotics but more huggable. It substitutes liquid flowing through cables for traditional means of robotic movement, which allows some of the soft robots to move in pretty lifelike ways. That's what enabled them to build the inevitable star of SyFy's next monster movie.

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  14. Attention Internet: Vote on Which GIFS Best Express Emotion

    Can we vote on how GIF is pronounced already?

    Don't post that pic of Oprah giving side eyes! There may be a more effective way to convey your views on Crimea. Two MIT students have created a "GIF sorting" game that tackles assumptions about the universal emotional or cultural significance of certain images, reminding users that our screaming Walter White is someone else's laughing Squidward.

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  15. Sensory Fiction Books Heat Up, Vibrate While You Read

    We're going to have to start sex ed a lot sooner now.

    Enjoy reading, but incapable of forming opinions of your own? No problem! Scientists at MIT are developing "Sensory Fiction" books that give you biofeedback in the form of vibrations and temperature variations.

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  16. Toys of the Future Are Here, littleBits Let You Build Your Own Electronics as Easily as LEGOs

    Our prototype ideas will have to wait until they make a flux capacitor Bit.

    You know how in sci-fi stories, children of the future or alien races always seem to be building complex electronics with their toys (and sometimes even C-3PO. Grumble grumble)? Ayah Bdeir wants to make that a reality with modular, snap-together electronics parts called littleBits that allow anyone to easily construct electronics prototypes.

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  17. Watch MIT’s inFORM 3D Display Render Physical Objects Using Xbox Kinect

    Tell your parents: your Xbox addiction is how you'll get into MIT.

    MIT's new inFORM 3D display recreates physical objects and motion with a grid of pins that position themselves at various heights to render objects. Basically, it works like one of those pin art toys you used to mash your face into to creep people out, but with the aid of 3D cameras, it's capable of much more.

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  18. MIT Is Building Self Assembling Robots, Because Science Loves Tempting Fate [Video]

    It looks like adorable stop motion animation until you realize it's actually happening.

    Want a glimpse at what your final moments on this planet will look like? In this video, MIT News proudly shows off MIT's new, tiny, colorful death machines — um, I mean robots. Self assembling, move-under-their-own-power, hurl-themselves-through-the-air robots.

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  19. Relax, MIT and Harvard Scientists Did Not Build a Lightsaber

    We find your lack of accuracy... disturbing.

    A team of physicists from MIT and Harvard have created a new form of matter by binding photons into molecules. The team compared the way these new molecules interact to lightsabers, and the Internet went bonkers. Pump the brakes, everyone. They have not created a lightsaber. Here's what happened.

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  20. This Human-Size Robot’s Unboxing Video is the Best of All Unboxing Videos

    Why not just have the giant robot punch its way out of the crate with its super-robot-strength?

    Oh, unboxing videos. They are the most boring thing on YouTube, and yet they persist. We loath unboxing videos, so imagine our surprise when we found one we actually liked. Here's MIT unboxing their DARPA Robotics Challenge competitor, the Atlas. This is good, but a Jaeger unboxing video would be better. Make it happen, Del Toro.

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