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MIT Students Have Made an Awesome Fan Film About Riri Williams, the New Iron Man

Iron Man’s replacement in Marvel’s current comics, Riri Williams, was an MIT student before she started flying high as the Invincible Ironheart. So it’s pretty damn awesome that a group of her real-life alumni have made their own fan film about the young hero and her life at the university. Read More >>

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You Can Shame This Robot With Your Mind When It Screws Up

Like a dog obsessively watching its owners for signs it’s a good pup, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University are now using mind-mapping techniques to help train robots to perform tasks correctly. Read More >>

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These Crazy ‘Living’ Gloves Glow When You Touch Certain Chemicals

Imagine a near future when detectives looking for evidence in a murder investigation could slap on a pair of rubber gloves that would light up when the cop touched a certain chemicals. MIT scientists just created an early version of this technology, and it looks super cool. Read More >>

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This New Invisible Gel Robot Is a Stealthy Underwater Predator

As if the ocean wasn’t already full of nightmares, researchers at MIT have developed a soft and flexible robot made of hydrogel, a material composed mostly of water. The new bot is quick, strong, and almost completely invisible when submerged, allowing it to snatch up fish before they even realise they’re being tracked. Read More >>

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MIT’s New Plastic Muscles Could Bring Us One Step Closer to a Real-Life Westworld

We strive to make robots in our own likeness because, as far as we can tell, humans are best adapted to deal with our world. And thanks to researchers at MIT, who’ve found a way to use cheap, nylon plastic as an artificial muscle, we’re now one step closer to creating artificial humans—and opulent fantasy theme parks. Read More >>

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Researchers Made Bionic Spinach Plants That Can Help Detect Deadly Land Mines

Popeye was right when it came to the health benefits of spinach, but that simple sailor man couldn’t have predicted this unorthodox use of the superfood. Researchers at MIT have found a way to use spinach to detect explosive materials in soil, potentially making the plant a safe way to detect landmines. Read More >>

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MIT Thinks Furry Wetsuits Could Keep Divers Even Warmer

Ocean-dwelling creatures like whales, seals, and walruses don’t freeze in the icy waters thanks to their thick layers of insulating blubber. But how do scrawny sea otters stay warm? Their furry coats trap air which also works as an insulator, and researchers at MIT think that approach could help keep humans warmer under water, too. Read More >>

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Ingenious New Camera Can Read Closed Books

In a breakthrough that will appeal to both spies and those who work with priceless but frail historical documents, researchers at MIT have developed a camera that uses terahertz radiation to peer at the text on pages of a book, without it having to be open. Read More >>

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These Nightmare Videos Are Generated From Still Baby Photos by a Neural Network

Is that a baby or the blob? It’s actually just the sick and twisted result of a neural network predicting what a still photo of a baby would look like if it were moving. Researchers at MIT have published demonstrations of their work on generative video, and the “hallucinated” outcomes of are both impressive and repulsive. Read More >>

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MIT Researchers Found a Way to Make Pesticides Stick to Plants

When farmers spray their crops with pesticides and other treatments to help ensure their survival, 98 per cent of those chemicals bounce right off the plants and end up in the groundwater as pollution. It’s a waste, and harmful to the environment, so researchers at MIT came up with a cheap but effective way to instead make those chemicals stick to crops. Read More >>

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MIT Channels MacGyver: Boils Water Using a Sponge, Bubble Wrap, and Sunlight

Boiling water is one of the easiest and most reliable ways to get rid of dangerous parasites and bacteria, and thanks to MIT, the next time you go camping you might be able to leave the stove and matches at home. All you’ll need is a sponge, some unpopped bubble wrap, and some sunlight. Read More >>

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Crowded Wi-fi Networks Could Soon Get Three Times Faster

That feeling of wanting to smash your smartphone while connected to an over-crowded and impossibly sluggish public wi-fi network might soon be gone as researchers at MIT have come up with a way to boost wireless network speeds by cleverly coordinating multiple routers. Read More >>

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These Self-Assembling Phones Are Refreshingly Low Tech

MIT’s self-assembly lab has created mobile phones that build themselves, in a manner of speaking. There’s no fancy nano- or bio- technology involved, nothing theoretical or suggestive of a near-future Singularity. It’s devilishly simple, because the whole project boils down to throwing phone parts into a rock tumbler. Read More >>

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The Best Tattoo Turns Your Body Into a Controller for Any Computer

Your next tattoo could also be used to control your computer. A new technology called DuoSkin, developed by MIT Media Lab and Microsoft Research, allows anyone to create customised gold metal leaf print tattoos that can be worn directly on the skin. The temporary tattoos can be used as touchpad inputs, display outputs, and wireless communication. Read More >>

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You Can Now Print 3D Holograms on Your Inkjet Printer

Creating the types of 3D holograms that are used to authenticate products or currency usually requires very expensive, very complex printers. That’s what makes them so hard to counterfeit. But a team of researchers from MIT have created a new kind of 3D hologram that can be printed on the inkjet printer you probably already have sitting on your desk. Read More >>