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 Morenot too hot not too coldThis self-powered boiler can help you survive New England winters
When the next cold snap cuts downs power lines and leaves New Englanders disconnected from the grid, a quarter-sized device could help them tap their boilers for electricity.
The same technology—a precise combination of materials sandwiched together—is poised to impact larger markets, and make cars and heavy industries more energy-efficient. Read MoreNow you see itMagic materials fold themselves at MIT exhibition this month
Is this MIT physicist the Meryl Streep of science? There's certainly good reason to mention both names in the same breath — Mildred Dresselhaus and the Academy Award-winning actress were both named Presidential Medal of Freedom awardees by the White House on Monday. Read More
With rescue robots, bionic arms, and microscopic drones on the docket, it seems the military is no stranger to far-our futuristic technologies. But this time they've gone after a concept straight out of science fiction: 3-D printed food. And the military’s research lab based in Natick is leading the charge. Read MoreOn Twitter, the #IVoted hashtag makes America glimmer
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 More
Back in 2012, researchers from Facebook and Cornell University altered the kinds of posts people saw in their Facebook feeds to study the way they responded to them. When Facebook users found out this year, they were mad.
Now Facebook has responded, with its chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer publishing a response, laying out a set of guidelines by which research on Facebook will be conducted in the future. Read MoreReally? ReallyThe case for the Facebook 'satire' tag