C. elegans comes to a complete stop when flashed with a green laser:
William McAdoo reports on Jose Duarte's experiments with printing QR codes (think of them as bar codes for the smartphone set) on the plates at his Taranta in the North End. Why? Imagine scanning in the code and reading up on the seafood sitting in front of you:
The problem was: how to get it on the plate? His first attempt was... Read more
New York hating Gregory Huang considers the implications of recent VC infusions into New York tech startups.
That would be Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center CTO John Halamka, who describes his home weather station, how he got it hooked into Weather Underground and what lessons people who run large, complex computer networks at large, complex health-care providers can take away from it all.
And a skeptical Davis Square LiveJournal is trying to figure out which local restaurant canned her.
UPDATE: Restaurant identified and tips on how to avoid a situation like this from
Doc Brown local Twitter users, in the comments.
- Eliminate Stenographer... check
- Put everything online... check
- Make it searchable... check
- Reduce costs... check
- Add accessibility... check
I can only imagine how happy he must be... oh wait! Is that him... complaining at 1:47am in the first comment?... Read more
MIT charges a Littleton startup failed to pay licensing fees for three of its patents, so now it wants a judge to order the company to stop using them - and pay the fees.
Cambridge Day reports on that joint Cambridge/Boston city-council meeting at the city line, which included a talk by an expert on regional economic development who is really grooving on the state's plans to renovate the "Grand Junction" rail line that will let trains from Worcester sail into North Station:
We have to find a way of connecting these geographies, these populations. So I start... Read more
BostInnovation marvels at some start-up that has offices in both cities.
Hundreds of business professionals are gathered this morning for the second day of the Gilbane Boston conference at the Westin Copley. Pasted below is the live blog I wrote about a content strategy session at the conference this morning.
My current assignments in covering technology and lifestyle events has me flying back and forth across the United States. So, it was a relief this week... Read more
BostInnovation introduces us to NextTrain T Tracker, an iPhone app that lets you find the nearest T stop if you find yourself in some unfamiliar neighborhood. Basically, you turn on the phone's camera, point it somewhere and a compass pops up to point you to the nearest T stop.
EMERGENCY PETITION TO FCC CHAIR JULIUS GENACHOWSKI:
[float=right][/float]"Don't let Comcast block Netflix or other online innovators for their own profit! Support the strongest Net Neutrality protections possible -- and keep Obama's promise."
SIGN THE PETITION
The New York Times posted yesterday:
Level 3 Communications, a central partner in the Netflix online movie service, accused Comcast on Monday of charging... Read more
There is significant power in clusters. Startups working closely together helps an entire industry. We need even more activity along the "Innovation Line" and we need to recognize that this is the case and think about how... Read more
The two Cambridge institutions charge Cotendo, of Sunnyvale, CA, is violating patents they hold for speeding up delivery of content over the Internet.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Akamai and MIT focus on one patent owned by MIT and licensed to Akamai and two patents owned by Akamai, which also claims that
Cotendo has utilized product descriptions and... Read more
Local robotics investors fret that Google's recently announced robot car could be the beginning of the end of our local dominance of robotics.
Wade Roush, who covered the local startup scene until moving to San Francisco, makes the argument: Entrepreneurial types out there often get together after work for a drink, but our boring start-up types just go home or something.
Friends scoffing at David's choice for a replacement car as too wasteful got him to thinking about electric cars:
Exactly where and how would I charge an electric car when I live five stories up and park on the street? Even if I could reliably park near my building, I'd need at least 50 feet of extension cord from my window just to reach... Read more