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MIT Undergrads to Receive Bitcoins: College Currency

Starting next fall, new MIT undergrads will each be receiving $100 worth of bitcoins. This is thanks to the efforts of the MIT Bitcoin club, which wanted to jumpstart a Bitcoin ecosystem.

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The Brightest Flare Ever Observed from Sagittarius A*

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The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, Sagittarius A*, emits relatively little energy for its size, as much energy as Sol even though it’s 4 billion times as massive.

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MIT Team Uses Carbon Nanotubes to Draw Gas Sensors

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A team of MIT chemists revealed how they developed a method for drawing gas sensors on paper using a tailor-made, super-conductive carbon nanotube pencil.

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Complex Synthetic Biology Circuit Can Detect Four Different Molecules

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MIT biological engineers created new genetic circuits using genes found in Salmonella (seen here) and other bacteria. Image: NIH

Synthetic biologists design circuits using genes as interchangeable parts, allowing them to perform new functions, such as sensing environmental conditions. However, the overall complexity that can be achieved in such circuits has recently been limited by the difficulty in assembling genetic components that don’t interfere with each other.

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Cardiio App Uses MIT Tech to Measure Your Heart Rate By Looking at Your Face

I’ve got a heart rate monitor, but it’s tied to a strap that connects wirelessly to my Garmin 500 cycling computer. There are also numerous smartphone apps which can measure your pulse when you cover up the camera and flash with your fingertip. But the Cardiio app for iOS uses MIT technology to measure your heart rate without even a touch, simply by “looking” at your face.

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MIT Media Lab Makes OLED Display Cubes: No Cenobites in Sight (Yet)

For some reason, whenever I see small, interesting cube-like devices, I think of the puzzle cube in Hellraiser, which is also knowns as a Lemarchand’s box. However unlike those, these ones developed by the MIT Media Lab allow you to visualize something on each of the six screens, one on each side, not open a door to Hell!

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Darpa FastRunner Robot: Who’s the Fastest of Them All?

Did you ever think that people would make a robot inspired by an ostrich? Well DARPA has those kinds of people and they think that their ‘bot will beat all others in terms of speed and stability, thanks to some high-tech wizardry.

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LANDBEARSHARK Motorized Skateboard with Treads: Another Way to Die?

Ever since I first saw motorized skateboards, I always thought that there were a really great way to get around. Now that I’m older and saner, I know for a fact that these contraptions can’t be too safe, especially when you don’t have many ways of slowing down. This particular motorized skateboard was created by The Miters from MIT, and it premiered at the World Maker Faire in New York.

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Iron Man Origami Defeats Whiplash with Paper Cuts

Brian Chan has made a few impressive origami, including an Iron Man mask and a sort of Iron Man action figure that’s completely made out of paper. Brian is an MIT staffer, but after having a look at the plans he’s got on his website, it makes me wonder if you need a degree from MIT to be able to duplicate these.

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Solar-Powered Lounge Chairs: You Chill While Your Gadgets Recharge

Chilling in the yard while your gadgets are recharging sounds like a good way to spend the summer. That’s why I like these new chairs called SOFT Rockers. They have a 35-watt solar panel that charges a built-in battery which will juice up your gadgets.

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