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A 1,000-strong bot swarm assembles at Harvard
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A team of computer scientists have turned an exciting corner towards creating a functional robotic swarm. For the first time, they've shown how more than 1,000 small, simple robots can organize in formation, creating two distinct shapes.

The new demo comes from Radhika Nagpal's lab at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. Nagpal has been studying co-ordinated behavior in natural and robotic systems for more than a decade. Read More

Moving Pieces in Boston Tech
Cort Johnson joins Atlas Venture and SVB's Smith Anderson joins Terrible Labs
(image via Mike Schneider -@schneidermike)
Cort Johnson is one of those entrepreneurs in Boston that not only seems to have his finger on the pulse of everything that is happening in the city, but also is well-respected and admired by almost everyone from venture capitalists to CEOs to software developers to budding founders. Read More
A Peek Under the Hood
Boston developers to gather for Stack Dive, share the technologies behind their startups
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Software developers from Smarterer and a host of other local companies will be getting together on Thursday night to exchange ideas and try to shine a spotlight on the Boston "dev" community. If you've ever been interested in learning about some of the innovative technology that local companies are working with every day, the event, Stack Dive, should be a great opportunity. Read More
Betaspring seeks backers
Providence accelerator Betaspring takes a break, focuses on raising new fund
Betaspring co-founder and managing partner Allan Tear. (Photo by Scott Kirsner / BetaBoston)
Betaspring is taking a breather. The Providence-based accelerator graduated its most recent class of seven startups in June, but doesn't plan to start a new cycle until next spring. Between now and then, they'll need to raise a new pool of capital, and Betaspring managing partner Allan Tear tells me that he's not expecting to get any support from public sources, which have provided substantial backing for Betaspring in the past. Read More