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 surprising number of the world's problems arise because of stuff sticking to other stuff: Ice on airplane wings, barnacles growing on undersea power lines, blood sticking to blood bags.
A new company launched out of Harvard University hopes they've found a solution. Their creation? A suite of ultra-slippery surfaces that repel blood, bacteria, dust, water, ice, cement, and more. Read MoreGood Vibrations: A smart bracelet for long-distance lovers
Skype dinner dates and Snapchat selfies are great, but not being able to touch that special someone is the great big downside to long-distance relationships.
A new wearable device called Magnet promises to keep the attraction alive between partners who are miles apart. When you tap one bracelet, its pair buzzes, like a little love tap on your wrist.
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SpaceX has its roots in billionaire Elon Musk's interest in reaching Mars. That much is part of the legend. But you don’t realize how serious Musk is about sending humans to other planets until he’s speaking live. Read More
A robotic doctor built for space travel and a camera that can track your body’s health by peering into your retina are two finalists in the Nokia Sensing XChallenge. Both technologies are built in Cambridge.Read More
Two robotics startups from Greater Boston debuted products this week at the RoboBusiness conference and exhibition.
Just a year old, Soft Robotics presented its gentle, air-powered versatile robot grippers in public for the first time. For Sonzia, a Somerville firm that incorporated in September, it was a first public demonstration of immersive, interactive environments for children with learning disabilities. Read MoreHere a bot there a botThe robots are in town! Meet them here [Slideshow]