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Obama to speak at sports conference in Boston next month

Former President Barack Obama will be coming back to Boston next month, but this trip doesn’t have to do with his daughter at Harvard or receiving any awards at the JFK Library. Obama will be in the area to speak about sports at a conference hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of...

Monday, January 8, 2018 - 12:27pm

Tailgating makes traffic worse, but MIT researchers have a solution

If you’ve driven on any major road, you’ve probably experienced a traffic jam out of nowhere. Things are moving just along fine until you have to brake, and then you’re inching forward for a while. Once you can pick up speed again, you wonder what even caused the traffic. It...

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 5:14pm

'Living tattoos' can light up in response to certain chemicals

You’ve heard of white ink tattoos and UV ink tattoos, but now, there’s a new innovation in the works when it comes to body art. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed “living ink” tattoos, which contain genetically programmable living cells...

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 2:44pm

Researchers create robotic muscles that can lift 1,000 times their own weight

Robots are about to get a whole lot stronger. Researchers at MIT and Harvard have developed new “artificial muscles” that can turn soft robots into super lifters. The robotic muscles can lift up to 1,000 times their own weight, which experts say will lead to endless possibilities for...

Monday, November 27, 2017 - 3:22pm

MIT engineers create sensor that shows when a plant needs water

Some people have a green thumb, and others forget to water their houseplants and garden plots until all the leaves are wilting and it’s too late to save them. But what if your plant could tell you when it needs water? That may be the future, thanks to engineers at the Massachusetts Institute...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:03am

MIT grads create wearable 'thermostat' to warm you up or cool you down whenever

From freezing offices to sweltering subway cars, sometimes the temperature of your surroundings just isn’t ideal. But when you can’t control the thermostat, what can you do? Three MIT grads created a solution: A wearable “thermostat” to warm you up or cool you down as...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 5:03am

MIT physicist wins Nobel Prize for discovery of gravitational waves

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves — but he assumed they would never be detectable. Now, Rainer Weiss, professor emeritus of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won the Nobel Prize in physics for 2017 for his work in...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 2:43pm

Navy hosting hackathon at MIT to attract tech-savvy millennials

The U.S. Navy is asking for help from young techies in the Boston area — but don’t worry, there’s no boot camp involved. This weekend, hackers, academics and entrepreneurs will tackle national security problems at HACKtheMACHINE, a hackathon held at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 5:20pm

AFFOA opens Cambridge headquarters by unveiling hat that transmits audio

Within Advanced Functional Fabrics of America’s new Cambridge headquarters, AFFOA-emblazoned hats line tables in the product room. But these aren't just any hats. AFFOA is a high-tech fabric innovation center, working to change what our fabrics can do for us. The goal is to create...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 2:00pm

New high-tech fabric innovation center opens headquarters in Cambridge

Technology has already been integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives, and now even the fabrics on our backs will become more advanced thanks to a new center unveiled Monday in Cambridge. “Our fabrics express who we are, convey our identity as individuals and our values as a society,...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:48am

MIT students help 9-year-old with cerebral palsy with a 'hacked' walker

Lilly is an energetic 9-year-old, but she can’t run around with her friends the way she wants to. She has to use a walker because of her cerebral palsy, and it doesn’t move well over cracks in the sidewalk or different terrains like playground mulch, sand and gravel, said her...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:21am

MIT researchers develop color-changing tattoos that help monitor your health

If you’re diabetic, you probably have to prick yourself with a needle multiple times a day to test your blood sugar. But what if your skin could simply display that information for you? That’s the idea behind DermalAbyss, a project by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and...

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 5:02am

MIT student wins Jeopardy with 'Who is the Spiciest Memelord?'

An MIT student is gaining buzz on the internet— but it's not forwinning theCollege Championship Friday and taking home $100,000 — it's for her Final Jeopardy answer. Lilly Chan, a 21-year-old senior at theCambridge, Massachusetts school, went into Final Jeopardy on Friday night's show well ahead of...

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 8:07am

MIT to raise $150M to help finance science, tech breakthroughs

Thanks to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we now have wind tunnels, radar detection and the World Wide Web, and now the Cambridge college is raising $150 million to help finance new businesses with a startup accelerator called The Engine.Startups seeking money from The Engine don’t have...

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 8:52pm

MIT offers micro-master's credentials as a step toward advanced degree

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is pioneering an online way for students to progress toward achieving post-graduate degrees.The Cambridge school launched the "MITx MicroMasterscredential" last October, and now 13 other universities have adopted the program.MicroMasters allows students to...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 11:03pm

Meet the Boston man who cannot tell a lie

It’s hard enough to get through a single day without telling a little white lie, so just imagine living your whole life without telling the smallest of fibs. That’s exactly what Keith Frankel is trying to do. Six months ago, the product design executive at Boston education software startup...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 7:45pm

Matt Damon to speak at MIT commencement

Award winning actor Matt Damon — a Cambridge native who shot to prominence with his portrayal of a mathematically gifted MIT janitor in the 1997 film “Good Will Hunting”— will be the guest speaker at MIT's 2016 commencement exercises, the university announced Monday.Damon won an Academy Award and a...

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8:46pm

MIT student compiled data on peers’ choices of underwear

An MIT student has compiled a trove of data on her peers – the kind of info one might otherwise get only with a pair of X-Ray glasses.In a Monday night post on the MIT Admissions blog, 24-year-old computer science and molecular biology student Lydia Krasilnikova released the findings of her...

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 2:12am

Can these plantable pencils help save the planet?

Entrepreneur Michael Stausholm knows a good idea when he sees one. In 2012, when he came across a Kickstarter campaign from three MIT students who’d created a plantable pencil made from sustainable wood with a dissolvable seed-filled capsule at the end in lieu of an eraser, he knew he’d struck...

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 7:36pm

MIT protestors end sit-in after 116 days

After a 116-day sit-in, a group of MIT students, professors and alumni has reached an agreement to end its protest.Members of Fossil Free MIT, an organization that has been pressing the school to sell its holdings in fossil fuel companies and become carbon-neutral by 2040, came to an agreement with...

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 12:12am