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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...

Google to shut down App Inventor

11/10/2011, Remember Google’s App Inventor that allowed anybody to create new Android apps with no programming skills (even though it wasn’t exactly a walk in the park)? Well, it looks like it’s going to down the same path that quite a number of...

6ft tall Tetris game controlled with DDR mats

09/19/2011, Are you a fan of the game Tetris and/or Dance Dance Revolution (DDR)? If you are, three MIT students have found a way to play a 6 foot tall LED matrix game of Tetris while using the DDR mat as a controller.

New method to defend against “man in the middle” attacks

08/22/2011, It appears that man in the middle attacks was a hot topic at the DefCon security conference this year, and it seems that researchers, Nickolai Zeldovich and Dina Katabi at MIT have come up with a simple and effective defense that can be implemented in our...

HR3D from MIT: A Better 3D Screen Than the Nintendo 3DS, But…

05/05/2011, Although Nintendo has done a great job at introducing glasses-less 3D technology to a mass audience, the Nintendo 3DS display has a couple of things that would need serious improvements: brightness  and power consumption. The design of the 3DS display is...

Biological viruses can be used to improve solar cells

04/28/2011, The folks over at MIT have discovered a way to increase the efficiency of solar cells, and surprisingly it’s not with the use of technology or a fancy solar cell design. They’ve discovered that by using a genetically modified version of the...