Think of a fire-fighting robotic dog that sacrifices itself to rescue people ... Or of a robot riveter that stops short of punching through a human workersâ€™ misplaced hand because the robot has been programmed to value human safety over assembly line efficiency.
The Harvard Gazette reports researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed "a model of human intestinal inflammation and bacterial overgrowth in a human-gut-on-a-chip" that should make it easier to figure out and develop possible remedies for such ailments as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Seems we have a bunch of companies in the business of water treatment and purification. Xconomy reports on this technology sector.
The Boston Business Journal reports the Baker administration is drafting legislation to let cars with no drivers toodle around our local byways.
Stat launched today. NiemanLab reports that while the site, which has 50 employees (compared to just 6 for Crux), is providing content to the Globe and is covering Kendall Square and the Longwood Medical Area, it's not limiting itself to local coverage - and could sign content deals with other media outlets.
City IT workers have begun mapping out existing underground conduits to see if there's enough room for another company - or the city itself - to lay the cables needed to bring competitive high-speed broadband to Boston, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) said today. Read more.
City officials today announced a new program, called BoSTEM, to provide all BPS middle-school students with science, technology, engineering and math by 2020: Read more.
The city's IT department is advertising for a Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate. Read more.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is suing a Japanese researcher it says patented a promising method for battling cancer that is based on work by researchers at Dana-Farber and Genetics Institute in Cambridge. A Japanese drug company and Bristol-Myers Squibb are also named. Read more.
Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) today proposed installing WiFi systems in BHA senior and family housing buildings to provide free Internet access to residents.
Yancey said Internet access is vital in today's world, but that residents of housing projects often cannot afford to connect.
Several years ago, then Councilor John Tobin proposed a citywide WiFi network. Mayor Menino Wified the idea, which ultimately went nowhere.
Councilor Tito Jackson praised Yancey's idea as "a no brainer."
Children's Hospital is suing a researcher who left the hospital last year, charging he took potentially valuable data related to the development of new drugs when he left for Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Read more.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) today proposed a property-tax exemption for residents who convert their homes to solar power. Read more.