By - 5/19/12 - 4:12 pm

MIT yesterday sued two TV makers for refusing to pay licensing fees on digital-television patents it was granted in the 1990s.

In lawsuits against Funai - which makes Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania, Emerson, Funai, and Symphonic products - and Vizio - MIT says it held four patents at the heart of American digital television and that it's owed licensing fees and penalties because the two companies refused to buy licenses for the technologies, unlike other makers of TVs and Blu-ray players.

By - 5/7/12 - 1:05 pm

Channel 5 reports male mice fed yogurt gained shinier coats, bulgier testicles and just a more Tony Manero-like outlook on life:

"You know when someone's at the top of their game, how they carry themselves differently? Well, imagine that in a mouse."

By - 5/4/12 - 9:14 am

The Tech reports on MIT's latest plans for the area around its campus, from extending the Infinite Corridor to building a new residential tower on Sidney Street. Also in the works: A "river walk" from Kendall Square to the Charles.

By - 4/20/12 - 10:26 pm

Matt Saunders took this video of the Tetris game on the side of the Green building tonight (via Jessica).


By - 4/17/12 - 5:26 pm

Isaac Diaz looked out his window at work today and spotted something unusual at the Stata Center.

By - 4/15/12 - 9:54 pm

At the MIT Flea.

Turlach MacDonagh took in the first MIT Flea of the season (more info on the Flea).

By - 4/4/12 - 9:38 pm

Mass High Tech reports.

Wait! Printable robots or printer robots?Wait! Printable robots or printer robots?

By - 3/31/12 - 2:38 pm

Poetry in motion.

Richard Beaubien is talking photos this weekend at the first teen Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts poetry slam at MIT. He reports the scene above is a "cypher:"

Someone starts slamming out a poem then they tag someone else - on and on it goes.

By - 3/25/12 - 11:02 am

Just ask the Globe-ish The Next Great Generation, which quotes an MIT freshman on how awesome it is that MIT is powered by its own nuclear reactor.

Although it's true MIT does have its own reactor (conveniently located just off Mass. Ave.), Cambridge City Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom tweets this morning:

WRONG! MIT doesn't power the campus with nuclear power!!

By - 3/16/12 - 6:45 am

Sometime in the early 1960s, MIT professor Kevin Lynch mounted a camera on a car and compiled a time-lapse movie of the trip.

The page says 1958, but the movie shows the JFK Building and the Pru tower, which didn't go up until later.

By - 2/11/12 - 9:29 am

Electronics Weekly reports researchers at MIT have managed to stuff an electrode into a moth that can be used to control the moth's behavior:

"This is a major advance," says insect neurobiologist Roy Ritzmann at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. DARPA hopes this kind of control will one day allow intelligence agencies to use insects to carry surveillance equipment and spy on unsuspecting enemies.

By - 1/19/12 - 7:29 am

ThinkProgress reports on the "frenzy of hate" surrounding Kerry Emanuel, director of MIT’s Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate program, who dared to challenge the position of Republican presidential candidates on climate change.

Via Blue Mass. Group.

By - 1/11/12 - 8:10 am

The Tech reports an MIT professor thinks the USPS can reinvent and save itself - and the jobs of tens of thousands of workers - by getting into the field of e-mail management and helping companies deal with the never ceasing barrage of electronic messaging:

By - 12/13/11 - 7:42 am

The Tech reports on an assault in Tang Hall that ended with the unkissed man leaving with a bottle of water.

By - 11/25/11 - 9:39 am

Mass. High Tech reports researchers at MIT may have figured out the first step in building all-optical microchips - using garnet - which could mean faster computing.

By - 11/10/11 - 4:25 pm

MIT's Infinite Corridor will be alligned with the sun tomorrow, on 11-11-11. The allignment happens a couple of times each year.

No word if the sun will be turned up to 11 for the event.

By - 11/4/11 - 11:19 am

MIT banner

By - 8/31/11 - 10:32 am

A $350,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant will let the Boston Public Library and MIT mount a traveling exhibition of the work of Rafael Guastavino, whose "thoughtful design of public spaces transformed American architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:"

Guastavino and his family invented a colorful tiling that is lightweight, attractive, fireproof, and virtually indestructible. Excellent examples of his work grace buildings in 40 states. Examples include the Grand Central Terminal in New York City, the United Stated Supreme Court Building, and the Nebraska State Capitol. Guastavino used his extraordinary gift to elevate public spaces including transportation centers, government centers, libraries, and churches.

The exhibition will first open at the BPL main branch in Copley Square - which was the site of Guastavino's first major work in the U.S.

UPDATE: Thanks to commenters for noting the photo I posted from the McKim building was not of one of the ones Guastavino designed. See if you can spot his work in this collection of McKim construction photos.