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Self-assembly polymers conjure 3D structures

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...

Have your smile broken down into an algorithm

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...

LiquiGlide; No More Ketchup Bottle Thumping

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...

MIT Student Builds Awesome Mario Kart called Chibikart

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...

Harvard and MIT announces edX, a series of free online courses

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...

Inexpensive Nanotube Sensor Measures Ripeness of Fruit

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...

DIY wooden cellphone kit is put together with parts worth $150

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...

Car expresses itself, will future vehicles go all emo on us?

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...

Smart sand could be the precursor to a robotic sandman

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...

MIT 3D solar panels gather up to 20X more power

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...

Bullet: a self-balancing electric unicycle

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...

Cambridge Crude: liquid electricity

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...