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Superfluids Can Become Supersolids

When the isotopes Helium-3 and Helium-4 are cooled to extremely low temperatures, they become liquid and exhibit superfluid properties. This means they have a viscosity near zero and can flow without losing kinetic energy. A vortex created while a fluid is in this state will continue to rotate without dissipating. Under low temperatures and pressures, […]

Robotic Bartender on Cruise Ship

Makr Shakr WANT TO MIX A DRINK WITH YOUR PHONE? On Wednesday May 15, Makr Shakr – a new robotic bartending system designed by researchers at the MIT Senseable City Lab – will be unveiled at Google I/O in San Francisco. The new mixology system allows users to create in real-time personalized cocktail recipes through […]

Thermopower Waves from Nanotubes

Heat produced by burning fuel in a carbon nanotube “wick” can force a wave of electrons down the tube, producing electric current. An engineering lab at MIT has made new progress on this technique. Thermopower Waves (from “Daily Planet”) [youtube.com] A clip from an episode of “Daily Planet” on Discovery Channel Canada featuring the research […]

MIT Project to Print Robots

An MIT project is developing technology to enable designing and printing customized components for functioning programmable robotic devices. Their goals are to greatly simplify the process and reduce production time from design to operation to a matter of hours. MIT CSAIL Project Could Transform Robotic Design and Production – [mit.edu] The Massachusetts Institute of Technology […]

MIT OCW Scholar courses

MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) offers free online MIT courses complete with lecture notes, exams and videos. There is no registration required and there are no fees involved, but they do offer suggestions for course textbooks, which are often fairly expensive (standard for college level courses). MIT says that “virtually all MIT course content” is included in […]

MeBot

The Personal Robotics Group at MIT is working on prototype of a telepresence robot that adds non-verbal social gestures to it’s communication ability. It can simulate hand gestures and head movement (such as nodding for “yes” or turning the head back and forth for “no”) that enhance the sense of interpersonal connection. MeBot – [mit.edu] […]

Cross reality

MIT’s Media Lab has a team working on integrating real world data into virtual worlds. The project uses the Second Life virtual world from Linden Labs to extend perception across the virtual interface and back into the real world. A Realer Virtual World According to Paradiso’s plan, anyone in the building wearing a small electronic […]