Technology

By - 5/3/13 - 8:49 am

Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have created what they're calling RoboBees - robots smaller than a penny that can fly.

Inspired by the biology of a fly, with submillimeter-scale anatomy and two wafer-thin wings that flap almost invisibly, 120 times per second, the tiny device not only represents the absolute cutting edge of micromanufacturing and control systems, but is an aspiration that has impelled

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By - 5/3/13 - 7:42 am

Boston University yesterday sued Amazon.com, charging the LEDs used in its Kindle tablets violate a patent the university holds on making the lights.

BU, which has already sued several LED manufacturers, says the lights infringe on work by Theodore Moustakas, a BU professor of electrical engineering and computer science, on "growing" LED components out of gallium nitride.

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By - 4/9/13 - 8:20 pm

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston University recently reported a technique that links the minds of human volunteers and rat subjects, letting the humans make the rat tails move just by thinking about it.

The "non-invasive computer-to-brain interface" used "transcranial focused ultrasound" to stimulate the tail-controlling section of a rat's brain - no surgically implanted electrodes required. Six volunteers were able... Read more

By - 4/7/13 - 1:36 pm

The Herald reports a laptop burst into flames and did enough damage to a Framingham State dorm to displace 90 students.

By - 3/26/13 - 8:42 pm

Gamification explains why an upcoming upgrade to Citizens Connect will feature a Facebook-like "like" function.

By - 3/22/13 - 8:06 am

Boston University yesterday sued Samsung for patent infringement, alleging it holds the rights to the way Samsung is making LEDs and similar electronic components.

In its lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Boston, the university charges that Samsung's charmingly named SPHWWTHDD805WHT0GD violates a patent for creating "highly insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride thin films."

The university says the patent is based on... Read more

By - 3/12/13 - 11:37 am

The local ACLU today announced its Technology for Liberty and Justice for All program, funded initially by $2 million in donations and challenge grants from Vertex founder Joshua Boger and Akamai Vice Chairman Paul Sagan:

The goal of the Technology for Liberty Project is to ensure that expressive, associational, and privacy rights are strengthened rather than compromised by new technology, and to protect these

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By - 3/6/13 - 5:04 pm

Kinvey puts together the map. And it's just startups actually within Boston city limits - none of that frou-frou Kendall Square or 495 stuff.

By - 3/1/13 - 8:37 pm

This video shows Boston Dynamics's Big Dog, which used to just be able to walk up hillsides, but which has now been outfitted to be the sort of robot you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.

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By - 3/1/13 - 12:09 pm

The T's started soliciting bids from companies willing to bolster WiFi service on the Purple Line and ferries in exchange for advertising opportunities, starting with painting over the AT&T logos now on the sides of commuter-rail trains (unless, of course, AT&T bids and wins). According to a T press release:

The solicitation provides for access to MBTA-owned rights of way throughout the commuter rail system

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By - 2/27/13 - 7:28 am

The Daily Free Press reports the BU Rocket Propulsion Group hopes to launch its own rocket into space in 2015 - using a "hybrid" engine that uses laughing gas and tire rubber for fuel.

By - 2/24/13 - 8:49 am

Wonder no more (and note the CueCat on the dash). Spotted around Camberville.

Via Boston Reddit.

By - 2/14/13 - 8:34 am

The Framingham audio company yesterday filed a patent lawsuit against a company that makes an iPhone docking system that competes with its own SoundDock offering.

In its suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, Bose charges SDI Technologies' iHome line, which lets users turn their Apple iDevices into boomboxes, violates a patent Bose was awarded on Jan. 29 for a system for... Read more

By - 1/22/13 - 8:33 am

Der Spiegel interviews a Harvard professor who thinks we're nearing the point where we could implant Neanderthal DNA in a human egg. Of course, that would take a woman willing to carry a Neanderthal to term. Actually, several women, because what's the point of growing just one?

No, you would certainly have to create a cohort, so they would have some sense of identity.

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By - 1/15/13 - 7:30 am

In a lawsuit filed yesterday, AMD charged that a former vice president and three managers at its Boxborough plant left for jobs at rival NVidia only after copying more than 100,000 confidential documents to take with them to their new jobs.

The suit, filed in US District Court in Worcester against Robert Feldstein and three managers, seeks the return of the files and, naturally, large... Read more

By - 1/15/13 - 6:59 am

Starts at 2 p.m. opposite the Moakley Courthouse, where Swartz was scheduled to go on trial in a month for downloading documents from an online database.

By - 1/13/13 - 8:20 pm

MIT Web page about its cogeneration plant was replaced with Anonymous message Sunday night.Obscure MIT Web page about its cogeneration plant was replaced with Anonymous message.

UPDATE, Monday: MIT confirms it was a distributed denial-of-service attack,... Read more

By - 1/13/13 - 10:54 am

Needs 25,000 signatories to get a government response.

Statement by his family:

Aaron's death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach. Decisions made by officials in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office and at MIT contributed to his death. The US Attorney’s office pursued an exceptionally harsh array of charges,

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