Technology

By - 5/23/14 - 7:53 am

In the New York Times, Julia Scott reports on her experiment in giving up soap in favor of AOBiome's ammonia-oxidizing bacteria in a tube.

The theory is that the bacteria digest the stuff that makes us stink and help ward off more harmful bacteria that find easier pickings on the skin of people who use soaps that remove the more helpful parts of... Read more

By - 5/21/14 - 7:06 pm

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By - 5/18/14 - 8:08 pm
Old space capsule for sale

You never know what you'll find for sale at the MIT Flea. Today, Turlach MacDonagh found this 1964 Gemini capsule, available for just $65,000.

Copyright Turlach MacDonagh. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/5/14 - 12:29 pm

The Harvard Gazette reports on work by Harvard researchers to try to figure out why young mice are more vibrant than their grandparents.

Although, yes, it's true, one of their studies basically involved sending young blood coursing through old blood vessels - in mice that had their blood systems connected - the real key seems to be one specific protein. The other study... Read more

By - 4/27/14 - 10:52 pm
Autonomous robots face off

Greg Cook reports on the Autonomous Fighting Robot Challenge at the Middle East today:

[I]n just two weeks, eight teams attempted to design, fabricate and build autonomous robots that would kill their opponents.

By - 4/17/14 - 7:35 am

The Daily Free Press reports on a hearing yesterday on a proposal by City Councilor Charles Yancey to ban the sort of research BU wants to do on the world's deadliest microorganisms at its South End research lab.

By - 4/9/14 - 2:57 pm

The mayor's office today announced a renamed and expanded wireless network which is aimed at providing free Internet access to residents and which could eventually wirelessly cover the city's 20 "Main Street" neighborhood commercial areas.

Already, an average of 9,800 people a day are using Wicked Free WiFi in Grove Hall, Mayor Walsh says.

Wicked Free "is the newly branded name to identify all of... Read more

By - 4/8/14 - 10:02 am

Beta Boston reports on an order by hizzona last night that should mean even more data sets for app developers and interested residents than are already available.

The order may also be the first WiFi'ing of the young Walsh administration - it came just a few hours after at-large Councilor Michelle Wu called for opening up city data.... Read more

By - 4/6/14 - 11:26 am

And as the Innovation District becomes too expensive, many of them were on the other side of Fort Point Channel, the Globe reports.

By - 4/2/14 - 6:43 am

The Crimson reports two Harvard Law students have set up a startup that lets users send out self-destructing e-mail:

According to Gobaud and Lin, the system appears to have a large market since many want to avoid grammar errors and reply-all disasters. They also noted, however, that the system may benefit corporations looking to improve their email protection policies by automatically deleting old

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By - 4/1/14 - 8:55 am

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By - 3/21/14 - 10:26 am

Mayor Walsh was scheduled to be on hand at the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan this morning to accept the city's first shipment of cloud-based laptops to be shared by students at BPS schools.

By the end of the school year in June, BPS expects to have received 10,000 of the low-cost laptops, which rely on Google applications accessed over the Internet. According to... Read more

By - 3/19/14 - 9:36 am

People are so last century:

"People are intimidated by me."

"Why do you intimidate people?"

"It’s the media, man. People put you into these little compartments in their brains and then they think they know you. ‘Oh, ok. A six-foot-two 350-pound humanoid made from military-grade titanium alloy. Probably out to annihilate all of humanity. Better get away from HIM.’

No one’s willing to risk

... Read more
By - 3/18/14 - 7:39 am

Xconomy reports on Proteon Therapeutics, whose sole potential product is an enzyme aimed at breaking up the fiber formed by blood vessels when they're cut into. It's aimed at long-term kidney-dialysis patients who first undergo surgery aimed at toughening up a vein to withstand the repeated punctures required for dialysis.... Read more

By - 3/12/14 - 8:07 am

Since December, four emergency-room doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been experimenting with Google Glass - colored bright orange so patients would immediately know the glass would see them now.

Dr. John Halamka, hospital CIO, describes the pilot project and lessons learned - and recounts Dr. Steven Horng on one particular incident:

I was paged emergently to one of our resuscitation bays

... Read more
By - 2/28/14 - 9:45 am

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Derrick Sims alleges that Hangtime barraged him and other innocent phone users with large numbers of bogus text messages to try to get them to download its friend-connecting app:

Over the course of an extended period of time beginning in at least 2013, Defendant and its agents directed the mass transmission of

... Read more
By - 2/27/14 - 8:58 am

Bonus: Fewer royalty payments to Carly Simon.

The Boston Business Journal profiles a Cambridge startup that has come up with a coating it says will make condiment bottles less sticky - reducing waste from ketchup, mayo and mustard that now just stays inside. The company says the coatings - which would combine a specially-textured surface with a lubricant - could also have... Read more

By - 2/27/14 - 7:48 am

John Summers takes a long, critical look at what the whole "innovation economy" thing is doing to the rest of the city - and nearby locales, such as Allston.

By - 2/22/14 - 7:46 pm

The Crimson reports somebody's had a stern talking-to by the people in charge of a powerful Harvard research computer network after managers noticed it was being used to "mine" or create dogecoins, a Bitcoin-ish "cryptocurrency."

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