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Op-Ed: Gene patents and old laws – UCLA/ MIT dispute shows the faults

Sydney - Gene editing is as fundamental as the expression itself. It’s the new horizon plus of genetic science. It’s also right in the middle of yet another patent battle. The “law vs. science” issue needs to be shut down, for everyone’s sake.

State makes case against alleged Boston Marathon bomber

Boston - Prosecutors rested Monday after presenting bloody images and testimony about them in their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Will Graphene truly become the next miracle material? Special

Philadelphia - Developments for carbon based Graphene have been fast and furious since 2003. However mass production of Graphene remains a challenge. In spite of significant research and development, Graphene-based products have yet to appear en masse.

MIT pulls professor's online lectures due to harassment charge

Cambridge - Walter Lewin, a much-beloved retired MIT physicist and professor whose energy-infused teaching style made him a hit on campus and on YouTube, sexually harassed a student who enrolled in an online course he taught, an MIT-led investigation has found.

Say hi to Cheetah-bot, the fastest mechanical thing on 4 legs

Cambridge - MIT engineers have designed a unique robot that runs at 10mph and can jump 16 inches high, land and continue running for 15 minutes, while powered by batteries.

Op-Ed: Bacteria as memory storage – E. coli’s new gig

E. coli are tough bacteria. There are a lot of different strains, but this time they’re working for us. The new approach to managing medical and environmental data is to store it in bacterial genomes.

To die on Mars is not an option despite MIT's study

There has been a lot of media attention over the Mars One mission to colonize Mars in 2025 using known and available technology. That very technology may very well prove to be the undoing of the project.

MIT researchers absolutely destroyed this plan to send humans to Mars

A highly-publicized plan to send the first humans to Mars within the next decade is riddled with problems and probably will not get off the ground any time soon, according to a new report from researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

New drug delivery-method makes injections obsolete Special

Patients who hate receiving medication through injections are in luck. According to a recent study by MIT, a newly-developed drug capsule bypasses the need for shots by injecting medicine directly into a patient's organs.

Twitter invests $10 million in MIT social media lab

Twitter is giving every tweet on its network to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, as well as a $10 million investment, to create a hub to better learn how to understand and use social networks.

Op-Ed: Breakthrough — MIT finds new way of managing memories for PTSD

Cambridge - A new MIT study has found that it’s actually possible to manage bad memories using the mechanics of a process called “reconsolidation.”The process involves re-configuring memories, using the mechanics of reconsolidation to change them.

Listening in: researchers record conversation by filming chip bag

A team of researchers has developed an algorithm that can be used to reconstruct a private conversation just by filming an object in the same room — in one case, a potato chip bag.

MIT creates device that gives you two additional robotic fingers

Robotics experts are working on a way to give you more fingers which you can wear. Why should you settle for five fingers when you can have seven?

MIT builds drones to provide lighting for pictures

Boston - Lighting for pictures is a very complex process that takes a lot of time, but MIT researchers are finding a way to use drones to help set up and shoot photos faster and easier.

Enjoy high-speed Internet on the moon

Although wireless Internet is still not available at several places over the globe, a team of NASA and MIT research scientists have shown that it can be made available on the moon.

Microscopic villain may be culprit in ancient mass extinction

Something killed off 90 percent of the Earth’s living species 250 million years ago. The prevailing theory has been that increased volcanic activity caused drastic changes in the Earth’s climate and the species could not adapt fast enough.

Op-Ed: World’s largest mass extinction happened much faster — MIT

Sydney - The Permian extinction, which almost annihilated life on Earth, was a comparatively sudden event. MIT scientists have now discovered that the extinction was caused by a massive increase of carbon, believed to have been caused by volcanic eruptions.

A year later, DOJ unable to answer questions over Swartz’s death

Washington - A bipartisan group of lawmakers has called for an investigation into the death of hacktivist Aaron Swartz. The group criticized Attorney General Eric Holder about the Department of Justice’s handling of the prosecution of the activist.

Anonymous hits MIT website in honor of Aaron Swartz

The Anonymous collective staged at least one high-profile website attack on Friday. The day marked the one-year anniversary of Aaron Swartz’s suicide.

Op-Ed: Pics vs. memories? Does taking a pic interfere with memory?

Sydney - It’s a sort of folklore that digital media are “portable memories”. Some major questions are now arising whether visual media in particular are actually blocking memories, and reducing memory quality.

Op-Ed: Physically interactive computing - MIT’s inFORM rewrites CAD, 3D

Sydney - MIT’s new physically interactive inFORM is the at the “Hey, this thing rolls!” stage of wheel invention for practical 3D computing. It’s a 3D physical display of active computer processing- Solid form live computation imagery.

Robotic cubes built at MIT assemble themselves

Cambridge - As each year passes, the advanced technology we see in our favorite science fiction movies comes closer to becoming reality. MIT just added to that list.

Dyslexia can be 'seen' in brain scans

A new brain scan technique could help doctors diagnose dyslexia in pre-school children, according to a research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Boston Children’s Hospital.

MIT police officer killed, 'active shooter' near Stata Center

Cambridge - Reports are coming in from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of a shooter near Building 32, also called the Stata Center. An MIT police officer has been shot and killed. This breaking news story will be updated as more information is available.

Op-Ed: Milli-motein, a real transformer robot! It reshapes itself

Sydney - OK, this one will give the science fiction writers a few things to think about. A real transformer robot has been developed by MIT and friends, and it’s far more flexible than even the cartoon Transformers.

Video: Self-taught African prodigy Kelvin Doe dazzles MIT experts

Freetown - Kelvin Doe, 16, from the African country of Sierra Leone, has become the youngest person ever to be invited to MIT's "Visiting Practitioner's Program," after he invented batteries and a generator using materials picked from trash bins in his neighborhood.

Astronomers find evaporating exoplanet that may turn into dust

Cambridge - Scientists have recently discovered an exoplanet that is approximately 1,500 light years away. The exoplanet, though, will soon evaporate and turn into dust because it is orbiting quite close to its parent star.

Stanford now ahead of UC Berkeley in world academic rankings

The Times Higher Education magazine issued its annual rankings of universities worldwide on Thursday. It placed Stanford fourth ahead of UC Berkeley, fifth. Harvard, MIT and Cambridge retained the top three positions.

Scientists say they solved the mystery of northern lights

Scientists say they have solved the mystery of the origin of the energetic particles that cause Earth's northern and southern lights, also known as aurora. The problem has puzzled scientists for decades.

100 processors on a single chip? MIT genius says yes

Westborough - Anant Agarwal, the director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), has announced that he has successfully mounted 100 microprocessors on one chip.
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Meet The Artificial Leaf  developed at M.I.T. by Daniel Nocera in 2011.
Meet The Artificial Leaf, developed at M.I.T. by Daniel Nocera in 2011.
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The Stata Center on MIT campus
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A schematic drawing of a microneedle pill with hollow needles. When the pill reaches the desired location in the digestive tract, the pH-sensitive coating surrounding the capsule dissolves, allowing the drug to be released through the microneedles.
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Walter Lewin
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Broad Institute lab
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Artists depiction of the first colony on Mars.
Artists depiction of the first colony on Mars.
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The two powerful fingers on the device are used to hold a variety of items.
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The message left to MIT on their website.
LETHAL: A fragment of a bomb believed to have exploded at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon on A...
LETHAL: A fragment of a bomb believed to have exploded at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
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inFORM - Interacting with a Dynamic Shape Display
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MIT Officer Sean Collier
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