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.
"Everyone knows that Tetris is one of the best known, most beloved brands in the world," . "What everyone doesn't know yet is this epic sci-fi story that we’re going to tell. That's what's really exciting."Yup, you read that right.
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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which will beUltimately, these kinds of splits allow one company to detach from a slower-growth business so that it can rapidly achieve growth. That seems to be the aim of media companies like Time Warner Inc., News Corp., and Gannett, which areBreaking up is hard to do, especially if you're a gigantic corporation.
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.
We've movies based on arcade games and movies based on plastic bricks , so it only makes sense that we'll soon have a movie based on the beloved waster of time known as Tetris. Such is according to The Wall Street Journal , which is reporting that Threshold Entertainment will be making a live-action film based around it.
So you want to make your Halloween just alittlemore geeky, but you're not quite ready toport Tetris to a pumpkin-- maybeLittleBitsis more your speed? The modularprototyping platformhas created a series of themed kits that should make augmenting holiday easy.
This release of Sleeping Dogs is the big-time re-up the game needed for the current generation of consoles: Xbox One and PlayStation 4. It still doesn’t look as fantastic as it does when you’re topped-out on a high-end PC, but Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition never looked better on a console.
Sure, we've seenappsthat let youeasily share files between your phone and PC. No biggie there. But the demo we're about to show you is a tad more sophisticated than that. Over at MIT, two teams of researchers have developed a smartphone system called THAW, which allows you to share files and use the phone as a game controller -- all by pressing the handset against your computer's display.
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.