By - 7/17/14 - 10:28 am
Beware his power, Green Line rider's might!

MBTAgifts has started selling Sesame Rings, which let you store your CharlieCard data on a ring, instead of on some boring old plastic card.

Last year, a group of MIT students launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them commercialize the rings.

THERE IS NO VALUE ON THE RING AS SOLD. Value must be added at a CharlieCard machine at an MBTA station.

By - 7/14/14 - 2:21 pm

The city IT department plans a hackathon next month to let developers use a new gateway into city systems to build an online permitting system that might replace the current confusing system that often forces people who want to set up a restaurant or add a porch to their homes to spend months battling paperwork and bureaucracy - and sometimes make trips to offices miles apart.

HubHacks will be held Aug. 9 and 10 at District Hall, in the heart of the Innovation District.

By - 7/11/14 - 4:27 pm

Remember when Takei was spotted in the North End in May?

By - 7/11/14 - 10:33 am

The Patriot Ledger reports that Ras Labs, which is developing synthetic muscles, found itself priced out of its original Innovation District digs and has moved to Quincy.

"I can see Quincy becoming the next Cambridge," the Patriot Ledger quotes the company CEO as saying.

By - 6/27/14 - 1:03 pm
Marty Walsh on an electric bench

Mayor is electrified by new bench in Titus Sparrow Park.

An MIT spinoff is installing benches equipped with solar-powered phone chargers - and air-quality and noise monitors - in several parks, the mayor's office says.

Changing Environment's "soofa" benches are going into Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

"Your cell phone doesn’t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?” the mayor asks in a statement.

Soofa map.

By - 6/25/14 - 2:26 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that, in certain circumstances, ordering a criminal defendant to decrypt password-protected computer files is not a violation of his rights under federal and state rights against self incrimination.

By - 6/23/14 - 9:06 am

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By - 6/23/14 - 8:55 am
Solar-powered boat

Turlach MacDonagh puttered around Boston Harbor this weekend on our first solar-powered boat, the SunPlugged.

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

By - 6/19/14 - 10:49 pm

Harry McCracken reports Computerworld, long based in Framingham, is giving up print next week, although it will live on as a Web site.

By - 6/17/14 - 8:24 am

Using Oculus Rift headsets, hopefully in the area of Kenmore Square, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By - 6/8/14 - 11:36 am

A woman who bought shares in biotech startup OvaScience, which is investigating a way to treat infertility in older women, charges the company withheld the information the FDA was going to make it hard for the company to conduct human trials on its method, causing her and other investors to lose lots of money when the news finally came out.

Miriam Ratner is seeking to become lead plaintiff against the company, in a class-action lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Cambridge.

By - 6/8/14 - 8:43 am

The Globe has a sausage-factory look at how MIT beat back the Obama administration and won funding for its fusion reactor, at least through 2016.

By - 5/31/14 - 10:30 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on secret efforts by state and city officials to lure a "major life sciences company" to the city. How secret? They've even got a code name for the project.

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 our "human skin biome."

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 showed similar Cocoon-like results when the oldsters were injected with just that protein, GDF11, the Gazette reports.

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.