MIT’s newest, diminutive robot can do backflips and outrun you in every single way

It’s cool, it’s small, it can do a backflip off the wall.

Passive sun-powered device turns water into superheated steam

It could be a game changer.

New role-playing game engages people from all backgrounds with climate action

A fresh take on an old problem.

Fish-like robot might reveal the secret life of ocean wildlife

Aquatic bots like SoFi will enable scientists to learn more about some of the most elusive underwater creatures.

Novel 3D printing method makes furniture in vats of gel within minutes

I like everything about this!

Robot see, robot do: MIT software allows you to instruct a robot without having to code

No code? No problem!

NASA’s morphing wing will make airplanes smoother, more efficient

Taking a cue from nature.

MIT machine makes videos out of still images to predict what happens next

Some creepy deformities at large, but we get the idea: machines are getting smarter.

Self-shading windows switch from transparent to opaque, no power required

Who needs curtains when you can flip a switch and insta-magically change your windows’ opacity.

Batteries made from carbon nanotubes are lit like a fuse to make power

Lithium, the stuff the battery in your smartphone or notebook are made of, is a toxic substance and in short supply. It’s pretty clear it’s not a sustainable solution to our mobile power generation needs. One alternative explored by researchers at MIT uses carbon nanotubes, which are non-toxic and non-metallic.

MIT develops new solar cells, 400 times more efficient and light enough to drape a soap bubble

An MIT research team has developed a new technology that will allow for the creation of lighter and thinner solar cells than ever before. While the team says there is still work to be done before making them commercially available, the panels already proved their efficacy in laboratory settings. They hope that their work will power the next generation of portable

Trillion fps camera shoots advancing light waves

How fast can your camera shoot? 60 frames per second, maybe 100? If you’ve got a good one, maybe 1000, or maybe you’re super pro and you shoot 10.000 fps. Puh-lease! The new MIT camera shoots at 1 trillion fps – that’s 1.000.000.000.000 frames every second ! Think of it this way: 1 trillion seconds is over 31,688 years; so

MIT polymer paves the way for solar-heated clothes

MIT scientists have developed a material that can absorb solar energy, stores and release it on demand to produce heat. Made from a film of polymer, the material could be used to used to tailor cold climate garments that charge up during the day and keep you pleasantly warm in the evening.

MIT’s online courses can now lead to a degree

“Anyone who wants to be here now has a shot to be here,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif said. “They have a chance to prove in advance that they can do the work.” By now, you should know that MIT posted many of their courses and materials for free, on the internet. If you didn’t, well… now you do –

MIT’s smart wound dressing is incredibly cool and I want one

Smart phones, smart tvs, smart cars, it’s a trend that’s picking up more and more and for good reason — from making work easier, entertainment more accessible and increasing safety, automation is the name of the game. And the latest member to join club Smart is a bandage designed by MIT associate professor Xuanhe Zhao.

MIT Wi-Fi technology can see you through walls

Researchers at MIT have developed a device that can track human silhouettes behind walls using Wi-Fi.

MIT tackling more serious science: they program beer-delivering robots

Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is on the brink of revolutionizing relaxation with their recent breakthrough: they have programmed two robots that can deliver beverages.

Spectrometer is small enough to fit in your smartphone

MIT engineers demonstrated a working spectrometer that took a huge leap in scale from a huge, bulky lab gear to a portable piece of equipment that’s small enough to fit in a smartphone. Spectrometer are essential to research nowadays, employed in everything from physics, to biology, to chemistry. To design the spectrometer, the MIT team made use of tiny semiconductor nanoparticles called quantum dots. Having a portable spectrometer could prove to be extremely practical .You can use it to remotely diagnose diseases, detect pollution or food poisoning.

Autonomous underwater gliders plan missions and coordinate by themselves

Climate models and environmental monitoring missions are ever more reliant on autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) to scour the ocean depths and bring back valuable data like temperature, salinity, carbon levels and so on. Researchers at MIT have now upgraded the way AUVs perform their missions by adding an extra dimension to their autonomy. They demonstrate how a pack of AUVs, directed by a “captain” drone, is able to navigate obstacles and retrieve data with minimal intervention. This dramatically enhances performance and might revolutionize the way scientists study the oceans.

The Bombardier Beetle Packs a Hot Machine Gun

Many beetles have defense mechanisms which involves foul chemicals squirting from their abdomens, but bombardier beetles have taken it to the next level. Researchers from MIT, the University of Arizona, and Brookhaven National Laboratory wanted to see how it works, so they studied the bombardier beetle and figured it out. The research is published in Science.