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Watch And Squirm As This Robot Tentacle Snakes Through A Fake Pipe

It must be ‘let’s creep out the populace’s month’ over at MIT, because, in addition to revealing the school’s untethered robot cheetah today, there’s another video showing the latest progress on its development of a highly articulated robot snake. Which is cool, because everyone loves snakes, right? Especially when they’re extra unstoppable in robot form.


MIT Made A Smartphone Control A Computer With A Simple Touch

Have you ever held your smartphone up to your laptop screen and thought about how cool it would be if the two devices could work together, physically? Well, now, thanks to a team from the MIT Media Lab, they can. New software lets you use your smartphone as an extra interface for a computer, and it looks awesome.


MIT's Robot Cheetah Now Runs Free Without Cables Or A Leash

A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they have got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they’re forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that researchers at MIT are developing, which recently took its first untethered steps outside.


The ATLAS Humanoid Robot Has Advanced To The Level Of A Lazy Teenager

The first videos we saw of DARPA’s advanced ATLAS robot it was just an infant, learning to walk and balance on its own. During the DARPA Robotics Challenge the humanoid robot handled itself like a capable child. And now almost a year later the folks at MIT are happy to announce that ATLAS has finally reached the level of a lazy, shiftless teenager. Watch in awe as it barely musters the energy to drag a metal truss across a warehouse.


MIT Scientists Say Humans Would Rather Take Orders From Robots

Welp. This is how it all begins. Bow on bended knee before your robot overlords. New research from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) shows (with science!) that when working in groups of three — two humans, one robot — us lowly bags of flesh and blood would rather the robot just take over.


Scientists Hack Cryptography Keys By Simply Touching A Laptop

It sounds like something out of an episode of Spooks: Researchers have discovered a way to use simple touch to decode the cryptography keys that are intended to secure your information. It’s as easy as gauging the electric potential coursing through your computer while it’s working.


MIT Explains How To Turn An Old Car Battery Into A Working Solar Cell

There are over one billion cars in the world, and the vast majority of them use batteries made from lead. As lithium batteries replace these old timers, eventually there may be many of the lead suckers sitting in landfills. Which is why MIT wanted to find a way to reuse them — by turning them into a new kind of solar cell. It’s surprisingly simple.


These Typefaces Are Tiny Maths Puzzles Made By MIT Scientists

When quickly sending an email, creating a company logo, or writing a post about mathematical typefaces, hundreds of thousands of fonts exist to help express a specific mood or feeling though we rarely escape the realm of a well-known few. Although it’s well-documented that creating fonts can be an art, two mathematicians show that it can also be a science.


MIT Invented Magnetic Hairs That Can Make Water Flow Uphill

Inspired by the coats of fur on some animals, researchers at MIT have developed a flexible skin-like material covered in thousands of tiny magnetic hairs that can move in varying directions in the presence of a magnetic field. That might not seem particularly useful, until MIT points out that the new material can be used to control how liquids move across its surface, even causing water to flow against the pull of gravity.


MIT Scientists Figured Out How To Eavesdrop Using A Potato Chip Bag

In a scenario straight out of “Enhance, enhance!“, MIT scientists have figured out that the tiny vibrations on ordinary objects like a potato chip bag or a glass of water or even a plant can be reconstructed into intelligible speech. All it takes is a camera and a snappy algorithm. Take a listen.


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