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MIT Finally Figured Out How To Remove Your Reflection From Window Photos

How often have you had a great photo-op ruined by there being a window in-between you and your subject resulting in reflections in your shot? So far there’s just no easy way to fix that in post-production, but researchers at MIT, led by YiChang Shih, have developed an algorithm that can extract and automatically remove reflections in an image.


These 3D-Printed Pants Are Glowing Because They're Full Of Bacteria

Lady Gaga’s steak gown and the Bjork-in-a-swan outfit feel as plain as a white T-shirt compared to these MIT-designed threads. They’re 3D-printed, look like human innards, and could tote around live, glowing bacteria.


Apple And Google Are Racing To Analyse Your DNA

Technology is filled with all kinds of rumours, real and fabricated. It gives us a look at might be and will be. BitStream gathers the whispers all in one place to divine what the future has in store.


Screw Wearables -- Now Wi-Fi Will Monitor Your Body

The business of tracking your health with smartwatches or fitness trackers is oppressively hardware-heavy — all those wires, charging docks, and batteries. But that’s poised to change. Soon, it might be the space around you that do the monitoring.


'Motion Magnification' Reveals Vibrations Invisible To The Naked Eye

A crane towering over a construction site might look rock solid to the naked eye, but new video processing software developed by researchers at MIT is able to accentuate and reveal its subtle motions as it sways back and forth in the wind. And it promises to have a devastating effect on enrolment at crane operator schools across the country.


MIT's Flatpack Furniture Assembles Itself In Seconds

The last time we checked in with MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, it was showing off video proof of a chair that assembles itself in water. Now, the team has uploaded video of its latest project: A flatpack table that does the assembly itself.


An MIT Professor Shaved Her Head To Teach You Neuroanatomy 

A few seconds into this video, MIT neuroscientist Nancy Kanwisher pulls out a pair of scissors and — is she really, oh god she really is – cuts off all her hair. Kanwisher, best known for discovering a brain area for face recognition, gives one very memorable lesson in neuroanatomy.


Scientists Break Quantum Record By Entangling 3000 Atoms

Quantum entanglement is an odd phenomenon that can connect two or more particles over even vast distances. Scientists have now managed to entangle not two, not 100 (the previous record), but 3000 atoms with a single photon, opening the door to atomic clocks more accurate than ever.


Pinchable Headphone Cords That Control Your Music Are A Brilliant Idea

The limits of battery life means that dealing with cords and cables — instead of going completely wireless — is still our reality for at least a few more years. So researchers at MIT figure we should just start using them to our advantage as smart remotes and controllers, instead of just a means to transfer power and data.


An Air Conditioner That Follows You Around

When we last checked in with MIT’s Senseable City Lab, they were debuting a prototype heater that targets the exact space where you’re standing. Now, the lab has created a system that does the same thing — for cooling.