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.
A group at MIT is developing a Consumer Reports for the developing world, hoping to vet products sent in by aid agencies, philanthropic organizations, or well-meaning companies, and give consumers a scoresheet to help them guide their purchases. Read Morerocket scienceSpaceX raises $1 billion backed by Google, Fidelity
An early private investor in Facebook and other hot tech stocks, Fidelity Investments has a history of backing moonshots, but this time, it has put its money on a bona-fide rocket.
The Boston financial giant joined with Google Inc. and other investors in a $1 billion funding of Space Exploration Technologies, the California company started by billionaire Elon Musk. Known as SpaceX, the company builds reusable rockets and spacecrafts to ferry cargo to the International Space Station and might one day attempt to transport humans to Mars. Read MoreHey there good lookingPresenting 'Atlas Unplugged': Boston Dynamics' hero humanoid gets a makeover
One December afternoon at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, a group of scientists gathered at the base’s Sensory Evaluation Laboratory for a taste test. On the menu: an experimental chocolate protein drink in shot glasses and two versions of a creamy beef and potato stew, arranged on cafeteria trays. Read More
Your phone can hail you a cab, order you a burrito — and possibly add sparkle to your smile.
That’s what makers of the White Tooth app claim, anyway. Like skipping the manicurist to paint your nails at home, a Boston whitening center has created an app that’ll give you the benefits of professional tooth bleaching at home. Read MoreSpy vs. SpyPresident Obama, David Cameron announce 'Cambridge v. Cambridge' hackathon
President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a hackathon on Friday that is panning out to be the great cybersecurity smackdown of 2015. The pair are pitting wonks and nerds on either side of the Atlantic against each other in a battle called "Cambridge v. Cambridge." Read MoreMay I take your keys?A quadcopter could lead you to your next parking spot
After he trotted out their drones and button-sized computers at CES yesterday afternoon, Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich added one more thing: Intel would boost the diversity in its workforce by 14 percent over the next five years and earmarked $300 million to reach that goal. Read More