The bubble-head space suit is an icon, an emblem of great innovation and achieving big dreams. But it's also entirely too puffy for its own good. The gas pressure that keeps the astronauts safe inside also restricts movement.
For better or worse, the traditional spacesuit's days may be numbered. Read MoreBetter, stronger, softer MIT's tentacle robot is an expert navigator and soft as chewing gum
A squishy robot from MIT that looks, feels, and even blows up like bubble gum is an expert navigator that can snake its way through a tricky maze without human help.
It sounds silly, but the bot’s creators say this goofy design is a serious model for future robots that can work alongside people safely. Read MoreShoestring innovationSun-powered desalinator could quench thousands of Indian villages
A salt extractor powered by the sun could bring cleaner drinking water to thousands of villages in India and millions more across the world.
In a new report, MIT researchers describe a novel but practical system to purify salty groundwater for India’s villages off the electric grid, and argue that it’s a system that people can afford, and will choose to use. Read MoreMother of InventionThe breast pump hackathon cometh
Necessity being the mother of invention, inventive mothers and others will gather at MIT's Media Lab soon to (design and) build a better breast pump. The Breast Pump Hackathon happens September 20-21. Read More
The official start of the MIT Bitcoin Project, where each student will receive $100 in the crypto-currency, is fast approaching. The school's freshman have arrived in Cambridge, classes begin tomorrow, and the various "rush" events at the school are set to take place. As soon as the busy start to year concludes, the project is scheduled to begin.
As part of the Bitcoin Project, the organizers of the initiative held a startup competition called BitComp this summer to promote innovative ways to leverage Bitcoin, on campus and beyond. Read MoreTo track a killerBoston researchers trying to forecast Ebola’s spread, but more data would help