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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. MIT Releases Report on Aaron Swartz Case, Claims “Position of Neutrality”

    An MIT review panel found that MIT did nothing wrong during the Aaron Swartz case.

    While under federal prosecution that many felt was extreme for his crimes, Aaron Swartz committed suicide earlier this year. MIT has released a report examining their culpability in the matter. It indicates that MIT maintained a "position of neutrality" throughout the proceedings, claiming they neither sought Swartz' prosecution nor defended him.

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  8. Best Competition Ever Allows Students to Pilot Robotic Spheres on the International Space Station

    Why wasn't this a thing when I was in high school? No fair.

    Why didn't Yogurt see the merchandising potential of Spaceballs, the robotics competition? Students from the U.S. and Europe can sign up to be challenged in what is described as "the ultimate robot game" to navigate floating spheres through the International Space Station in culmination of the Zero Robotics programming competition. I'm not even allowed to compete, and I'm excited about this.

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  9. MIT Shooters Appear To Be Connected With Boston Marathon Bombings, One Still At Large

    After last night's shooting at MIT and the ongoing manhunt that followed,  the entire city of Boston and the surrounding area are on lockdown this morning. Moments ago, Governor Deval Patrick spoke to reporters urging people in the area to stay in their homes with their doors locked until further notice. While one of the shooters has died of wounds sustained in a gunfight with police, another remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

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  10. Officer Down At MIT, Shooter At Large, Explosive Devices Used Against Police

    Things are still becoming clear, but multiple sources are reporting a shooter on MIT's campus. As of a little before 11:00 Eastern, one MIT police officer has been shot and killed, per the Cambridge Police. Updating

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