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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
"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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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. UpdatingRead More
Taking cues from animals when designing robots is all the rage right now, and the big cats have been a particularly popular creature among engineers. We've looked at fast models designed by DARPA and air-powered examples from Osaka University in Japan. Not to be outdone, researchers in MIT's Biomimetic Robotics Lab have been hard at work on their cheetah-bot for more than a year, but unlike other labs that are aiming to mimic the feline's famous fleetness of foot, Sangbae Kim and his team at MIT are concentrating on building a more energy-efficient robot that can go farther on less power.Read More