You may keep your Taylor Swift obsession hidden from your co-workers, but not from science.
A new research initiative called the Sync Project aims to track how the brain and body respond to music through an app that collects biological data while your favorite jams stream on loop. So when a person plugs in their headphones and heads to work, their activity tracker on their wrist will be able to see how their heart rate changes when Swift’s "Shake It Off" transitions to One Directions’ "Steal My Girl." Read MoreSmart scienceApple, Boston hospitals partner to launch ResearchKit for medical research
An ultra-thin Macbook laptop and the Apple Watch were the stars of Apple’s Monday media event in San Francisco. But the company also introduced a new suite of apps for the iPhone that could turn the device into a research tool and transform the way researchers study disease.
Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute were among the partners who worked with Apple on the five inaugural research apps. They will track asthma, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, and were built with Apple’s new tool, ResearchKit. Read MoreWhat’s in a mollusk? Maybe the secret to a new generation of screens
A mollusk, marked by the brilliant pattern of its shell, is inspiring engineers to design an advanced screen that would, for example, allow drivers to overlay navigation information on their car windshield -- without blocking their view of the road. Read More
A little after noon on Wednesday last week, two technicians from the Cambridge Police Department crime lab arrived at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, kits in tow.
But the famed center was not the scene of a crime. Rather, it was hosting a four-day vacation science camp for middle-schoolers, and the two crime-lab techs were participating in a session called “Get A Clue” to introduce 22 adolescents to scientific skills such as microscopy and dissections.
And to make the session all the more engaging for the kids, the Whitehead and its partner in the program, the educational group Science from Scientists, had cooked up a whodunit: the theft of a candy recipe they would solve using technical sleuthing taught by real-life CSI types. Read MoreSocial MediaSharing ire on injustice: How Twitter can empower women
A seasoned investor can smell promise in a startup at a first meeting. Other times, founders execute a blowout performance that surpasses the wildest expectation of their reluctant funders.
But what does it really take for a startup to succeed?
For one evening in the middle of this month, District Hall is going to be transformed into a science museum and gallery space.
The New England Aquarium and Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences are teaming up for an exhibit that will give guests a close-up look at some of the tiniest and weirdest creatures living in the world’s oceans.
Read MoreAny bot you wantiRobot's newest bot is a lab rat for researchers
The newest member of iRobot’s family is a disk-shaped doppelganger to the familiar Roomba vacuum cleaner. But rather than sending it scooting after dust bunnies, the company is pitching the $199 Create 2 as a programmable robot that is also an affordable educational and research tool. Read More
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