06/07/2012, When it comes to security cameras, they are only of any good if there is someone watching all the goings on, and making the appropriate response should a crime be caught in progress. Alternatively, just like in any good action movie, the good guys who want to break into a high tech facility have a dozing security camera person manning the post, going to prove once again that a chain […]
06/06/2012, The smart folks over at MIT have discovered a spanking new method of creating complex three-dimensional structures through the use of self-assembling polymer materials. These polymer materials will form tiny wires and junctions, and this kind of groundbreaking work might eventually usher in a new generation of microchips as well as other devices that comprise of submicroscopic features. The image used above is just for illustration’s sake, as we might […]
05/28/2012, Smile, you’re on Candid Camera! That was quite the catchphrase many years ago back when I was just a wee lad, and I would dare say that the smiles (most of the time, they end up as laughs) featured in the TV series were genuine if this particular computer system from the bowels of MIT were to analyze them. After all, the folks over at MIT have managed to come […]
05/25/2012, It is an assumption that most of us have had our share of battles with stubborn ketchup that just doesn’t want to come out of the bottle. As we wait for it to slowly make its way towards the bottle mouth, it sometimes feels like years have gone by until it finally graces the meal on which you use it on. On that front however, we now have some good […]
05/08/2012, A student from MIT called Charles Guan decided to build a working version of the Mario Kart. The vehicle that he has dubbed Chibikart is built from scratch and it apparently took him three weeks to build right up until its first test drive. Guan describes his cart as, “A (very) small electric kart with 4-wheel direct drive”.
05/03/2012, Have you always wished that you could have gone to top tier universities such as Harvard or MIT? Well thanks to Harvard and MIT’s newly announcement partnership, you will now be able to get a taste of the sort of classes and courses that students at Harvard and MIT have been experiencing. The initiative dubbed edX will be run by a non-profit organization controlled by both schools, with each school […]
05/01/2012, As fruit matures, it releases ethylene which is a gas that initiates the ripening process. Once the ripening process begins, more ethylene is released and the process accelerates. Currently produce warehouses that store and ripen fruit make use of gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy systems that cost about $1,200 to measure the levels of ethylene which in turn reveals the ripeness of the fruits in storage.
04/27/2012, While this DIY wooden phone by MIT PhD student David Mellis is in no way a smartphone by today’s standards, it looks like it has no problems getting the job done as far as placing calls are concerned. Let’s not forget how unique this phone looks and is guaranteed to draw attention to your device wherever you go, plus given that it doesn’t look expensive, no one will try to […]
04/26/2012, Men who love their cars often describe their rides in feminine terms, and perhaps advancements made by Nicholas Pennycooke of the MIT Media Lab could very well usher in a new age of loving one’s vehicle in more ways than one. Nicholas claims that more emotional vehicles will be able to be more user friendly, as it can communicate its intent to humans around it. For example, if the world […]
04/03/2012, Remember the super villain from the Marvel Universe known as Sandman? Yeah, I know that the guy was down on his luck and did not manage to handle his feelings correctly, resulting in him venting his angst on the world – especially after he realized that he is no longer fully human, but has mutated into part sand organism. I am not quite sure whether he still needs to eat […]
03/26/2012, MIT is trying to improve solar energy production in a new way: instead of using flat solar panels, it is using three-dimensional ones (including a cubic and a tower version), thus increasing the surface area by a considerable amount. The end result is a much higher power generation capability when compared to the flat solar panels. Of course, the price of the panel is higher because there is more photovoltaic […]
12/28/2011, If walking isn’t efficient enough for you to make your way around campus, you could always invest in something like a bicycle or a Segway. And then you could always come up with a vehicle on your own as well – which is what an MIT student named Stephan Boyer decided to do. Called the “Bullet”, this homemade unicycle is a self-balancing unicycle that takes away all the effort required […]
12/19/2011, While electric vehicles (EVs) are slated to be the vehicles of the future, a number of factors are holding people back from switching over from regular vehicles right now. EVs have a lower driving range, extremely slow recharge speeds and there aren’t enough charging stations around when compared to regular gasoline-fueled vehicles. Well it looks like it won’t be for too long; researchers from MIT have developed a new battery […]
11/25/2011, A team over at MIT have recently found a way to make solar panels work just as efficiently in cloudy weather as they do under a clear sky. Instead of just using flat panels that only obtain the most energy when the sun is directly above them, the team has come up with 3D solar structures that are capable of collecting sunlight from all around them (i.e. ambient light) instead […]