College pranks usually involve livestock, panties, the use of permanent marker on an unconscious, not-so-innocent partygoer or a combination thereof. But when you gather the cream of the geek crop at a hallowed higher learning institution like MIT, those playful tricks turn into wide-scale works of technical wonderment.
If you have ever purchased cheap furniture that you have to assemble at home, you know what an arduous processes building a table or cabinet can be. Researchers at MIT have designed some high tech furniture, albeit on a small scale, that can assemble itself. The prototype is a chair that can put itself together under controlled circumstances.
For a school that's probably best known as an academic juggernaut, MIT hosts a surprisingly active social scene and topped our recent list of the biggest "Work Hard/Play Hard" colleges in the country . To compile this list, we used data from Niche, looking at its rankings of the best party schools and schools with the best academics best Greek life .
Scientists from MIT havefigured outhow to hack living cells to store biological events around them. They modified E. Coli cells to generate so-called retrons -- a type of mutated single-strand DNA -- in response to stimuli like light or chemicals. Those lo-fi "memories" can then be read back to glean useful information using high-throughput DNA sequencing and other techniques.
BeforeThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimthere wasUltima Underworld,and with your help, a sequel to thehighlyinfluential role-playing game could happen. It's calledUnderworld Ascendant, and perhaps most importantly, the development team is comprised of former Looking Glass Studios employees who worked on the original -- including Paul Neurath andWarren Spector.
Reports on the meteoric rise of smartphones are beginning to sound like broken records, but there aren't any signs of that growth stopping anytime soon. Case in point:Gartner's latest statsshow that smartphones sales jumped 20 percent to reach 301 million units in the third quarter. And yes, that jump came at the expense of feature phones sales, which fell by 25 percent.
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Each week our friends atInhabitatrecap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.For more than three years, the Western United States -- especially California -- has been gripped bythe worst droughton record. With no end in sight,San Diego County announced plans to build a massive $1 billion desalination plant.
Sometimes your Tuesday is going horribly and the only way to fix it is face time with your four-legged best friend. We've likely all been there.Petcubewants to help make those bad days melt away with its WiFi-enabledpet camera.
Not everyone hasMinecraft-creator Markus "Notch" Persson'smoney(or candy room) so the rest of us have to devise our own methods of sorting M&Ms by color. The English blogger behindreviewmylifehas an ideathat combines, among other things, aniPhone 5s, an Arduino and an eBay-sourced 12V 80RPM motor to do the menial task.
I’m going to be blunt with you, words can’t do justice to the experience of using HTC’s Vive virtual reality headset . There’s nothing quite like slipping into a virtual 3D world, as I did this week in a preview of Vive ahead of developer units shipping this spring.
While we enjoy the holiday reruns, this week some will be unwrapping an early present, as the acclaimed anime seriesCowboy Bebopis released on Blu-ray. Also worth checking out is Syfy's three-episode mini-seriesAscension, as well as the season finale ofHomeland.
LG's smartwatch gets a makeover, we spend a night at a state-of-the-art hotel andBloomberggives us the latest on Apple's rumored car... catch up on this news and more in this edition ofWeekends with Engadget.LG's 'luxury' smartwatch has an all-metal body and a leather strapLG is adding a touch of class to its Android Wearsmartwatch line.
With the new year just around the corner, Amazon wants to get its customers excited by revealing fresh content for yet anotherPilot Season. Today, the online retailer announced that it has seven showsdue to debut in 2015,which will be made availableto Instant Video subscribersin the US, UK and Germany "early" next year.
We've seen a few police departments institutewearable camerasfor their officers, but not to the scale of what Los Angeles is doing. The cityis purchasing 7,000 body cameras for its copsin an effort to increase transparency, according toThe LA Times.
DARPA's made all types of robots, from " Big Dog " to " Wild Cat ," and soft robots to flying robots . Their latest creepy invention is a robotic "cheetah" that can run, bound, and jump obstacles in its path all while running on a quiet electric motor, giving the robot its stealthy cat-like quality.
Netflix on the web can be a tiresome experience, because the homepage's horizontal carousels show only a smattering of titles at once. To see more, you have to patiently hover your cursor over the arrow buttons on either side, which slide in new movies and TV shows at a glacial pace.
Taking pictures with your cellphone camera is so 2013.And in any case, they're no good for taking action shots.Instead, you should get yourself a GoPro.GoPros are the best option for anyone who wants to take photos or video while surfing, snowboarding, hang gliding — or any other high-intensity activity.
If there's one thing that kids love more thanTetris, it's learning about the security features built intonew banknotes. Thankfully, the folks at the European Central Bank have devised a way to combine both of those pursuits in the form ofTetris New 20 Euro.