Nidhi Subbaraman is a staff writer at BetaBoston, reporting on science, research, technology, and any combination of those. Before this, Subbaraman covered science and tech at NBCNews.com. Her work has also appeared online at MIT Technology Review, Fast Company, New Scientist, Nature News, and others. She hearts robots.
Blaine Stillerman tried to hack Spanish the usual way — with book exercises and college classes through his sophomore year.
But it wasn't until he landed an internship with a shipping company in Buenos Aires, working with colleagues who spoke only a few words of English, that he saw his sputtering Spanish skills finally kick into high gear. Read MoreThe FBI may be investigating #GamerGate now or in the future
A robotic fish called the GhostSwimmer made by Boston Engineering successfully completed a series of maneuvers led by the US 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 More
Winter is here and bringing with it the annual plague of frozen plumbing and exploding pipes. A Beverly company called Water Hero is looking to rescue homeowners from these wintry troubles with a device and phone app that monitors the plumbing for leaks when they're not home. 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 MoreA year in InternetNet neutrality, free speech, online activism: Debates that mattered in 2014
The City of Boston will receive $1.35 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies to fund the development of a Housing Innovation Lab, and take an affordable housing project from proposal to reality, the group announced today.
When Katie O’Halloran reaches out to shake your hand, you can hear the whir before you feel her grip. It’s a slow process, and an awkward one, but because she’s waited two decades, each handshake feels like a victory. Read MoreAny bot you wantiRobot's newest bot is a lab rat for researchers
The newest member of iRobot’s family is a disk-shaped doppelganger to the familiar Roomba vacuum cleaner. But rather than sending it scooting after dust bunnies, the company is pitching the $199 Create 2 as a programmable robot that is also an affordable educational and research tool. Read More