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.
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."
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.
Isaac Diaz looked out his window at work today and spotted something unusual at the Stata Center.
Mass High Tech reports.
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.
WRONG! MIT doesn't power the campus with nuclear power!!
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.
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.
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:
The Tech reports on an assault in Tang Hall that ended with the unkissed man leaving with a bottle of water.
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.
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.