The sound of social media is more cacophony than symphony. But if you have the right tools to listen, you can cut through the noise. Such is the theory behind Compass, the new platform launched Wednesday by Luminoso, the social analytics firm in Cambridge with roots in the MIT Media Lab.
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A pocket-sized lab that connects to a smartphone through its audio port has shown promise as a rapid and affordable detector for HIV and syphilis in remote areas without a reliable electricity or health clinics nearby.
Health care workers at a clinic in Rwanda tested the device on 96 patients and found that the test powered by the smartphone suitably convincing. A whole 97 percent of patients preferred the device over the typical lab-test method, which takes longer, and is more expensive. Read MoreVegas BabySchneider Electric aims to bring energy efficiency to the Las Vegas Arena and the Strip
Many educators agree that teaching STEM subjects requires hands-on, experiential education (as opposed to "teaching to the test"). But the tools and materials they need to do so are often too costly or too scarce in the budget-stretched world of education.
Boston-based NVBOTS, a MassChallenge alum with roots at MIT, provides one solution for schools struggling to fund hands-on experiences in subjects like physics, biology, and math. The company has created a 3-D printing system for schools that includes printer hardware, software that's easy to use, and printing materials like plastic. Their goal is to make it simple for teachers to integrate 3-D printing into their regular classroom activities. Read MoreTakes a kicking and keeps on tickingKicked but still standing: Boston Dynamics' new robot has a stunning sense of balance
Google-owned bot maker Boston Dynamics has added another leggy member to its family of fearsome robotic quadrupeds. This one’s called Spot, and its special talent is a killer sense of balance. Even as Boston Dynamics employees repeatedly kick the robot, it manages to stay standing.
If you think that the interruptive advertisements at the beginning of YouTube videos are as far as the Google-owned video network can go in terms of online video advertising, you'd be mistaken. A local company has figured out a way to leverage the popularity of a growing number of young YouTube personalities that have large numbers of online followers.
Grapevine, a Boston-based YouTube native marketing startup, announced today that it has raised $1.1 million in funding. The company, which was awarded $50,000 as a MassChallenge Gold Award winner in the fall, connects YouTube stars with lifestyle, fashion, and beauty brands to advertise its products. Read MoreSubscribe to the friendly skies?All-you-can-fly aviation startup Beacon plans to link Boston, New York
Regular people buy plane tickets. The super-rich buy the whole plane.
And now a startup called Beacon is proposing an intermediate option: a "subscription" to its travel service, which will offer frequent trips on turboprops linking Boston and White Plains, N.Y., as well as the vacation destinations of Nantucket and East Hampton. The price starts at $2,000 a month for unlimited travel for one passenger.
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Australian-based Vaxxas (which has its US office in Cambridge) announced that it has added $20 million in new funding to help advance its Nanopatch technologies that hope to deliver vaccines more effectively without using a needle and syringe.