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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. One Year on This Tiny Exoplanet Lasts Just Eight and a Half Hours

    In the time it takes you to get a good night's sleep, newly discovered Kepler 78B completes a full orbit around its star.

    It's been a little more than a year since I started here at Geekosystem, and man, has it gone fast. Nowhere near as fast as a year passes on the tiny, molten exoplanet Kepler 78B, though. The planet, discovered by researchers at MIT and elsewhere, completes a breakneck orbit of its home star in just eight and a half hours.

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  10. Some Aaron Swartz Secret Service Documents Released

    Good. Now release the other 14,396 pages.

    The first of 104 pages of Secret Service documents on the Aaron Swartz case have been released through a Freedom of Information Act request. Despite requests by both MIT and JSTOR to review any documents before they are released, these 104 pages have been made public without any such review.

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