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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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