Biplane Concept Mutes The Sonic Boom

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Let’s pretend we are in science class for a moment. When a plane is traveling at the speed of sound, it is literally compressing the air at the front of the wing and leaving an area of negative pressure in the plane’s wake. What results is actually two sonic booms that are oftentimes experienced as a single sound. The sonic boom is a cool effect, but it’s not so good for people who live on flight paths, nor is it likely all that good for the wildlife in the area either. But we want to travel at that speed.

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The Old Man Suit By MIT Makes You 75 Years Old (Video)

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There are already sympathy suits out there for men who want to know what it’s like to be pregnant, so why not invent a suit that lets everyone know what it’s like to be old? It’s not quite like the fat suit Tom Cruise wore in Tropic Thunder, but someone at MIT was thinking that the AGNES suit could give us an understanding of what its like to be, well, old.

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Funf Provides Self-Tracking for Android Sensors

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Have you ever wondered what kind of information the sensors in your smartphone can provide? Well, if you have, then you’ll appreciate what the Human Dynamics research group from MIT Media Lab have done. They are creating new ways to utilize the information stored in our smartphones with a system called “Funf.”

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MIT motorized skateboard powered by remote control

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In these times when everything seems to work with just a touch of a button, the usual skateboard has gained some upgrades as well. The Miters from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have conjured a Motorized Skateboard and paraded it just recently at the World Maker Fair held in New York City. The skateboard is not yet ready to be ridden using nothing but leg power, as it will still need a remote control to make it work

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MIT Researchers Measure Cell Density with Device the Size of a Hair

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re the density of a single cell. The researchers designed a tiny microfluidic chip that can measure the mass and density of single cells. The device weighs a cell using a suspended micro-channel resonator, which is the size of a human hair. The resonator vibrates at a certain frequency. When a cell passes through the resonator, the frequency changes by an amount proportional to the weight of the cell.

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Deep Shot visually bridges your task between smartphone and desktop

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There you are, five pages deep in search results on your desktop and its time to hit the road. You’ve surely been in some type of situation where you have looked up something on your computer and you wanted to take that information with you on your cell phone, immediately. Instead of typing out and doing the search again on your smartphone, or emailing yourself the url, or using some unified cloud service like delicious, you may soon be able to use your camera with something crafted out of an MIT lab called Deep Shot.

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MIT shield could protect pacemaker patients from wireless assassinations

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To counter such an attack, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are working on developing a shield that could be worn outside the patient’s body that would block unwanted hackers. When an authorized source like the patient’s doctor wants to adjust the pacemaker, the doctor would send encrypted instructions that would be authenticated and decoded by the shield, then sent along to the pacemaker. Signals from unauthorized devices would be blocked. Since it’s located outside the body, in the event of an emergency the shield could just be removed and disabled.

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Artificial Leaf Could Power Home on 1 Gallon of Water a Day

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Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created the first feasible artificial leaf. While the leaf doesn’t look anything like its plant inspiration, it works in a similar way. The leaf is a solar cell the size of a poker card, and it mimics the process of photosynthesis by using water and sunlight converting it into energy. In this case the energy is electricity.

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