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Simplify Technology with Limits

By Leo Babauta I am no technophobe, but I do believe in living consciously … and technology has a tendency to overrun our attention and our lives. It’s designed to do that: tech companies are motivated to keep our attention in their apps, their websites, their devices. They’ve found incentives for us to keep using the technology, shiny new things every second, powerful recommendation engines, tapping into our desire not to miss out, to be entertained, to run to comfort. But you know all that. T...
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"This American Life" reveals more than you might expect about how Harvard discriminates against Chinese-American applicants.

I strongly recommend this 25-minute segment of "This American Life," "The Veritas Is Out There" (listen at that link or read the transcript). A propos of the lawsuit against Harvard, which alleges that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants, a Chinese-American who did get into Harvard looks at his own admissions file and sees what the alumnus who interviewed him had to say. This student, Alex Zhang, is on Harvard's side in the lawsuit: He wrote an amicus brief supporting Harvard...
Tags: Law, Oregon, Mit, Harvard, Affirmative Action, This American Life, Evidence, Motherhood, Alex, Veritas, Tan, Amy Tan, Wu, Amy Chua, Race And Education, Ann Althouse

Terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms its predecessors

A terahertz laser designed by MIT researchers is the first to reach three key performance goals at once -- high constant power, tight beam pattern, and broad electric frequency tuning -- and could thus be valuable for a wide range of applications in chemical sensing and imaging.
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Voyager 2 leaves Solar System, becoming only second man-made object to enter interstellar space

The Voyager 2 probe has left the Solar System, Nasa has confirmed, becoming only the second man-made object to ever enter interstellar space. The spacecraft left Earth in 1977, 16 days before its twin Voyager 1, but the later probe ended up travelling faster after gaining a gravity boost at Jupiter and Saturn and so exited the vast plasma bubble created by the Sun - known as the heliosphere - in 2012. However, unlike its sister craft, Voyager 2 carries a working instrument called the Plasma Scie...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Sun, Saturn, Jupiter, Solar System, Caltech, Pasadena California, John Richardson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL, Suzanne Dodd Voyager, Solar System Nasa, Cambridge US

Why being busy is a modern sickness

Constantly being busy is neurologically taxing and emotionally draining.In his new book, Jon Kabat-Zinn writes that you're doing a disservice to others by always being busy. Busyness is often an excuse for the discomfort of being alone with your own thoughts. None Of all the books from last century we can turn back to for guidance, Alan Watts's The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety is particularly suited for this task. Published in 1951, Watts knew post-World War II America ...
Tags: Psychology, Failure, America, Los Angeles, Mit, Mindfulness, Depression, Creativity, Innovation, Fear, Derek, Goal-setting, Watts, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Culver City, Alan Watts

The past, present, and future of MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States

Gary Totten is professor and chair of the department of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States. In this interview session, we ask Gary Totten a few questions to learn more about his work, and the coming work for the field and the journal.Oxford University Press: Can you tell us a bit about the history of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States journal?Gary Totten: The Society fo...
Tags: Books, Featured, US, Mit, United States, Literature, UConn, Joe, Public Domain, Katharine, Martha, Modern Language Association, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Oxford University Press, UMass Amherst

Competitive Dance Is Thriving In Colleges, Even At MIT

The co-captain is a senior majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, and he isn’t kidding when he says, “Although we are all MIT students, dance is an outlet for us where we can be carefree and have fun.” – MIT News
Tags: Art, Mit, Dance, 12.06.18

MIT science photographer isn’t an artist, but her work could fill galleries

Felice Frankel is an award-winning photographer, but she doesn't consider herself an artist. As a science photographer, she has been helping researchers better communicate their ideas for nearly three decades with eye-catching imagery. The post MIT science photographer isn’t an artist, but her work could fill galleries appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Photography, Science, Trends, Mit, Felice Frankel

MIT researchers develop antimicrobial peptides from South American wasp’s venom

The venom of insects such as wasps and bees is full of compounds that can kill bacteria. Unfortunately, many of these compounds are also toxic for humans, making it impossible to use them as antibiotic drugs.
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MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug

MIT engineers have repurposed wasp venom as an antibiotic drug that's nontoxic to human cells.
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The privacy risks of compiling mobility data

A new study by MIT researchers finds that the growing practice of compiling massive, anonymized datasets about people's movement patterns is a double-edged sword: While it can provide deep insights into human behavior for research, it could also put people's private data at risk.
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Google’s Gradient Ventures backs autonomous logistics company Wise Systems

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Wise Systems, which develops autonomous dispatch and routing software for delivery fleets, announced it has raised $7 million in Series A funding. Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI-focused venture fund, led the round. Existing investors E14 Fund, Neoteny, Trucks Venture Capital and Fontinalis Partners also participated. The company, founded in 2014 by MIT and Harvard University graduates, has now raised $8.5 million in total funding. Source: Press release ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Mit, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts, Fontinalis Partners, VC Deals, Gradient Ventures, WISE Systems, Neoteny Trucks Venture Capital

Google A.I. Fund Leads $7M Boost For Boston Route Logistics Startup

Google’s A.I.-focused fund Gradient Ventures has made its second Boston-area investment by leading a $7 million Series A round for autonomous dispatch and routing software startup Wise Systems.Wise was founded in 2014 by a group of MIT and Harvard graduates. The company says it uses machine learning to autonomously direct delivery operations by melding traditional route efficiency tools with day-of variables such as weather, traffic, closed loading docks, parking limitations, and package types....
Tags: Google, Startups, Boston, Trends, Mit, Harvard, Machine Learning, Dallas, Logistics, Route, Fontinalis Partners, National blog main, Boston blog main, Xperience, Boston top stories, Detroit blog main

MIT Researcher: Why Financial Advisors May Become ‘Longevity Advisors’

The director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) AgeLab sees that the future for the financial advising profession may lie in taking on a new role for “longevity advisors,” according to a new white paper he published at Hartford Funds. The paper, titled “The Future of Advice” and written by Dr. Joseph F. Coughlin, details that the combination of the increasing prevalence of education and higher general life-expectancies are quickly escalating the expectations surrounding the profe...
Tags: News, Finance, Mit, Hartford, Coughlin, Reverse Mortgage, Joseph F Coughlin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT AgeLab

Molten Salt Heat Energy Storage and Efficiency of Conversion of Heat to Electricity

MIT researchers have a new energy storage design that will store heat generated by excess electricity from solar or wind power in large tanks of white-hot molten silicon. It converts the light from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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How to motivate people to do good for others | Erez Yoeli

How can we get people to do more good: to go to the polls, give to charity, conserve resources or just generally act better towards others? MIT research scientist Erez Yoeli shares a simple checklist for harnessing the power of reputations -- or our collective desire to be seen as generous and kind instead of selfish -- to motivate people to act in the interest of others. Learn more about how small changes to your approach to getting people to do good could yield surprising results. [Author: con...
Tags: Mit, Higher Education, Speaking, Erez Yoeli

'Sun in a box' would store renewable energy for the grid

MIT engineers have come up with a conceptual design for a system to store renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, and deliver that energy back into an electric grid on demand. The system may be designed to power a small city not just when the sun is up or the wind is high, but around the clock.
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Technique inspired by dolphin chirps could improve tests of soft materials

MIT engineers have devised a technique that vastly improves on the speed and accuracy of measuring soft materials' properties. The technique can be used to test the properties of drying cement, clotting blood, or any other 'mutating' soft materials as they change over time. The researchers report their results in the journal Physical Review X.
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Cyborg Houseplant Can Drive Itself Toward the Light It Craves

During the impending robopocalypse, humanity will have to ward off freakishly agile androids, robotic dogs, whatever the hell this is, and, as new research from MIT suggests, quasi-autonomous, mobile robot-plant hybrids.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mit, Robots, Plants, Cybernetics, Robotics, Biotechnology, Cyborgs, Plant Robot Hybrids

Could we accidentally bestow human-style awareness into a pig?

My new book is called Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful, and it's a fictional look at human genetic modification in the near and distant future. The book is told through six interconnected stories, each exploring a different aspect of our future world and the evolving face of humankind. As a novelist, my central concern was this: What will it be like to grow up, to fall in and out of love, to discover who you are, when the very essence of "you" might be changing? Pulling this off with any de...
Tags: Post, UK, News, China, US, Mit, United States, West Coast, Baltic Sea, Stanford University, Salk Institute, UCSF, MIT Media Lab, Martha, University of California San Francisco, Arwen

New drug combination could be more effective against melanoma

A new study from MIT suggests that combining kinase inhibitors with experimental drugs known as ribonucleases could lead to better results. In tests with human cancer cells, the researchers found that the two drugs given together kill cells much more effectively than either drug does on its own. The combination could also help to prevent tumors from developing drug resistance, says Ronald Raines, the Firmenich Professor of Chemistry at MIT.
Tags: Science, Mit, Ronald Raines, Firmenich Professor of Chemistry

New Breakthrough Will Change How Oil Reserves Are Measured

A team of researchers at MIT has taken the first 3D images of kerogen’s internal structure, which will greatly improve predictions of oil and gas estimates
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Currently Crowdfunding: Easily Create Your Own Yarns, GIFS, Plant Fertilizer and More

Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here. Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundu...
Tags: Japan, Design, Cook, Crowdfunding, Mit, Pivo, MAKO Design Invent North America, Electric Eel Wheel Mini

With these nanoparticles, a simple urine test could diagnose bacterial pneumonia

MIT researchers have now developed a nanoparticle-based technology that could be used distinguish between bacterial and viral forms of pneumonia. The technology could also be used to monitor whether antibiotic therapy has successfully treated the infection.
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New arthritis treatment uses nanoparticles to take drugs directly into cartilage

Osteoarthritis is a debilitating drug that affects millions of people worldwide, and the only treatments available merely reduce the pain. The new treatment delivers a growth factor into cartilage rather than into the surface of a joint, where it'd be less effective.The treatment represents a "significant step for nanomedicines," one professor said, and it could someday be used to slow age-related osteoarthritis, a leading cause of chronic pain and lost productivity at work. None MIT engineers ...
Tags: Science, Mit, Medical Research, Innovation, IGF, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Nanoscale, Center for Nanomedicine, Kannan Rangaramanujam, Brett Geiger

Apoll01 wants to remake education by decentralizing the diploma

Dan Genduso spent nearly a decade working in consulting before landing on the Disrupt Berlin stage to launch his first startup, Apoll01 — a small company with a big idea about how to solve America’s expanding education crisis.  First at Accenture and then at Slalom Consulting in San Francisco, Genduso focused on building out customer engagement platforms that captured the workflows, institutional knowledge and digital assets surrounding the development of customer profiles. “I was building tho...
Tags: TC, Education, Berlin, America, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, Mit, University, United States, Higher Education, Harvard University, Accenture, Salesforce, Coursera, Udacity

What happens when materials take tiny hits

A team of researchers at MIT has just accomplished the first detailed high-speed imaging and analysis of the microparticle impact process, and used that data to predict when the particles will bounce away, stick, or knock material off the surface and weaken it. The new findings are described in a paper appearing in the journal Nature Communications.
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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: 9 Gifts That Give Back

What to get the do-gooder in your life? Here are nine gift ideas that come with a promise to give back. Above: The Cotton Hot Water Bottle Cover is £34 from Aerende, a UK shop offering “a lovingly sourced collection of handmade items for your home,” founder Emily Mathieson says. “All of our products are created in the UK by people facing social challenges.” (For more, see our post A New Range of Life-Improving Housewares from a UK Travel Editor.) Above: Our London correspondent Christin...
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, London, Mit, Uganda, Brooklyn, Ethiopia, Peru, Gift Guides, Unicef, Rwanda, Northern Uganda, Emily Mathieson, Bolé Road Textiles, Sarah Kauss

Ori’s Robotic Pocket Closet

The MIT offshoot company Ori is hoping to make small living spaces feel and function better with the help of robotics. Their “shape-shifting” walk-in wardrobe (called Pocket Closet) can be bought online and shipped as a flat-pack to your door. The Pocket Closet is a set of shelves from the outside, but opens along a motorized track to reveal the closet space. The wardrobe is controlled via …
Tags: Design, Mit, Industrial Design, Furniture, Robotics, Linkaboutit, Ori, Closets, Small Space Living

The first successful flight of an ionic-wind aircraft

A team of scientists at MIT have flown the first ionic-wind aircraft It's the first successful test of the emission-free technology Imagine silent aircraft gliding overhead In February 1904, the Wright Brothers first achieved flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Their time aloft was brief, less than 12 seconds, and the distance their craft traveled just 36.6 meters, but the moment made history as a demonstration of a new technology that might someday lead to air travel, which, of course, it di...
Tags: Travel, Energy, Transportation, Technology, Future, Mit, Flight, Innovation, Cctv, Wright Brothers, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Barrett, Chihuahua, Kitty Hawk North Carolina, Steven Barrett, DuPont Athletic Center