It is the largest religious gathering on earth. The colorful and chaotic Kumbh Mela, (Kumbh, for short), a triennial event hosted by one of India’s four second-tier cities, draws devotees by the millions. Now, thanks to Ramesh Raskar, a MIT Media Lab professor whose hometown, Nashik, is the venue for upcoming Kumbh, it has drawn tech-minded folks from Boston as well.
Read MoreJust keep swimmingNavy's 'Silent NEMO' project tests Boston robotic fish for stealth ops
A robotic fish called the GhostSwimmer made by Boston Engineering successfully completed a series of maneuvers led by the U.S. Office of Naval Research last week.
"I can’t tell you exactly what they wanted us to do," Mark Smithers, chief technology officer at Boston Engineering said. "We were able to do something that [we weren't] able to do prior [to that] and we did it successfully multiple times." Read MoreBe Smart and Be SafeAfter a string of incidents, Uber promises to upgrade its safety efforts
Do you feel safe using Uber? It’s a question that everyone is askingin the wake of a string of sexual assaults -- both here in Boston and abroad -- involving Uber drivers or people posing as drivers with the ride-share service.
American Well, a Boston-based company which provides on-demand telehealth connectivity between doctors and patients, announced an $80 million Series C round on Tuesday. The funds not only exceeded their expectations, but will provide the company with further opportunities to work alongside health care providers to deliver the best possible care to patients, said Dr. Ido Schoenberg, the company's co-founder and chairman.
Read MoreFold along the dotted lineHigh-res map of the human genome reveals DNA origami
Among the many marvels of the code of life is a singular feat of mechanical engineering: Each cell contains two meters of stringy DNA packed into a nucleus that's 100 times smaller than a pinhead.
Getting all that DNA into the nucleus might evoke images of tangled cords of christmas lights. But in reality, the strands are arranged in surprisingly organized loops at specific locations, researchers have found. They call it "DNA origami" for the predictable pattern that they see across a variety of cell types. Read MorePredictive GrowthMobile ad software innovator Adelphic gets $11 million in new funding
Adelphic, the Waltham-based mobile advertising software developer that allows brands to target users across devices, has added $11 million in new funding to the $12 million is has raised previously. Read More
How do you find the best person for the job, whether it's a gig playing your holiday party or designing a new logo for your company? A Boston startup called WhoQuest thinks it can supply the answer: just ask your social network, and let people vote the replies up or down. The recently unveiled site feels a bit like a people-focused version of Quora, the question-answering site that has raised about $160 million in funding.
Read MoreBold IPO stepsActifio's IPO plans set in motion as it adds LogMeIn finance officer Kelliher
It would be hard to come up with a shakier scenario for testing a prototype electric skateboard: slick sidewalks from recent rain, journalist who has never been on a longboard before, snow starting to blow, and a test course shared with bikers. The skateboard was designed by Dash Electric, a Boston startup founded by Northeastern University student Ian Carlson. Last month, Dash raised $15,000 in initial funding from Rough Draft Ventures, a student-run venture team that invests money on behalf of General Catalyst Partners, a Cambridge firm.