There are moments where visiting Facebook can feel like a slap in the face: Seeing an ex-girlfriend’s wedding photos; hearing about a friend’s promotion when you’re stuck in a dead-end job; or witnessing yet another birth announcement when you’re struggling to have a child. Read MoreGet off my lawnAstronomers: Keep iRobot's lawnmower bot out of our back yard
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 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 MoreSecrets to successWhat makes a successful startup? Sloan researchers examine DNA of Boston, Bay Area firms
One December afternoon at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, a group of scientists gathered at the base’s Sensory Evaluation Laboratory for a taste test. On the menu: an experimental chocolate protein drink in shot glasses and two versions of a creamy beef and potato stew, arranged on cafeteria trays. Read More
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.
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When the next cold snap cuts downs power lines and leaves New Englanders disconnected from the grid, a quarter-sized device could help them tap their boilers for electricity.
The same technology—a precise combination of materials sandwiched together—is poised to impact larger markets, and make cars and heavy industries more energy-efficient. Read MoreNow you see itMagic materials fold themselves at MIT exhibition this month
Time is the fourth dimension. That's the first thing you need to know before you enter the 3-D/4-D exhibition that opened this week at an MIT gallery this week.
Sheets of wood, metal and cloth that are 3-D printed into fantastic structures are on display at the Keller Gallery on campus, but the real twist is this: They are programmed to shape-shift over time. Read More
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