MIT researchers have produced a new system that, according to a report by the Institute's news service, for the first time allows light of any color to pass through only if it is coming from one specific angle, and reflects all light coming from other directions. The new approach could ultimately lead to advances in solar photovoltaics, detectors for telescopes and microscopes, and privacy filters for display screens, according to the report. . Read More
Researchers at MIT have developed a prototype soft robot, inspired by fish anatomy, that "deforms continuously" and gives the machines an infinite range of configurations, which is not achievable with machines that are hinged, according to a report by the institute's campus news staff. Read More
Karl Iagnemma, a researcher from MIT, along with others from Washington University in St. Louis and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) announced they have developed a model called Artemis that accurately simulates rover mobility over various types of soil and terrain. The model works much like a video game, according to a report by the MIT campus news service. With the program, a user plugs in commands to move the rover with instructions similar to those that NASA engineers give to the rovers on Mars. Read More
Digital activist and Reddit Co-Founder, Aaron Swartz, committed suicide on Friday. Swartz, a strong proponent of Internet freedom, was the founder of DemandProgress.org and a co-creator of the RSS 1.0 standard. . Read More one comment
MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that can predict which topics will “trend” on Twitter an average of 90 minutes before Twitter’s own algorithm puts them on its trending list. Read More
Each year MIT’s Technology Review honors 35 innovators under 35 “whose work promises to change the world, as chosen by a panel of expert judges. As always, several of the chosen pioneers for 2011 are transformative figures from the world of digital media.
Choosing just three to highlight is difficult, but Kun Zhou is particularly relevant to games and movies. The Zhejiang University computer science professor has come up with software capable of rendering movie-quality scenes using regular, garden variety graphics [...].
Well-known Internet entrepreneur and programmer Aaron Swartz was indicted today on charges accusing him of stealing millions of documents from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and academic document library JSTOR. Swartz most recently founded the civil liberties activist group Demand Progress, having previously been involved with launching Creative Commons and co-founding Reddit.com, Jottit, Open Library and watchdog.net. He also co-authored the RSS 1.0 specification and released as free software the web framework he developed for Reddit.
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