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Enchanted Objects Cast a Spell

In David Rose‘s apartment, the umbrella predicts rain, the pill bottle refills its own prescription, and the doorbell tells him who’s approaching. His family is living in the future he believes we can all share, surrounded by what he has dubbed “Enchanted Objects.” Rose, an instructor and researcher at the MIT Media Lab, recently welcomed the [...]
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BostInno

MIT-Spun NVBots Sets Out to Democratize 3D Printing with New Crowdfunding Campaign

From the beginning, NVBots has been dedicated to democratizing 3D printing. And a new crowdfunding campaign launched Wednesday proves the MIT-spun startup is on the road to achieving just that. The company's NVPrinter, described as "the...
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MIT Spectrum

What’s Out There?

The Earth is on a collision course with another galaxy. But you don’t have to hurry to fasten your seat belt: our Milky Way is not expected to run into the Andromeda Galaxy for another 4 billion years. “Our solar system might be thrown from its path around the Milky Way…before being absorbed into the [...]
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BostInno

Broad Institute Receives $650M, the Largest-Ever Gift in Psychiatric Research

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard announced Tuesday a globally groundbreaking gift. The Cambridge-based biomedical research center has received a $650 million commitment from philanthropist Ted Stanley — the largest-ever gift in...
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BostInno

Why Have Five Fingers When MIT Could Give You Seven? [Video]

MIT is known to up the ante: Why 3D print when you could 4D print? Why buy a phone charger, when you could bring your smartphone back to life using just the humidity in the air? And, why have five fingers when you could benefit from seven? The...
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The Historian’s Lab

It’s not just scientists who have “eureka moments”—MIT historian Christopher Capozzola clearly remembers the epiphany that hit him nearly two decades ago in a coffee shop and that became the kernel for his first book. Now this associate professor of history tells SPECTRVM why humanities scholars join scientists and technologists in seeking federal funding to [...]
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The Inverse Square

Reason Number Gazillion I Thank The FSM For The 2008 Election Result

That would be that Lindsay Graham, the Republican senator who is totally not pandering for re-election.  The idea that this guy would have had any possibility of a role at the center of the national security and or foreign policy apparatus in a McCain administration should send jolts of terror through anyone who doesn’t think […]
The Inverse Square
The Inverse Square

My New Favorite Mayor…

…would be Her Honor Kimberley Driscoll, chief executive of the town of Salem, MA, now caught up in a  dispute with Gordon College.   Gordon is a Christian school with an educational mission it describes thusly: “The best foundation for Christian higher education is the narrative of Scripture, and the goal of Christian higher learning is love—for both God and […]
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The Tech

Addresses, phone numbers to be taken down from online directory

By Alexandra DelmoreSTAFF REPORTER By the start of the fall semester, MIT students’ permanent home addresses, term phone numbers, and term addresses will no longer be displayed in the online MIT people directory.
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The Tech

Cause of death of Professor Seth Teller is released

By Kath XuNEWS EDITOR THURSDAY, JULY 10 Professor Seth Teller’s death last Tuesday has been ruled a suicide, according to Terrel Harris, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner’s Office. The cause of death was listed as “blunt trauma to head and torso.”
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The Tech

Possible new gender options on MIT app

By Kath XuNEWS EDITOR In an effort to be more inclusive, the undergraduate admissions office is considering adding to the gender options on its freshman application. Currently, the only choices available are “female” and “male.”
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