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Physicist says he’s solved the big mystery — how life came from matter — and he may be right

The origin of life is basically inevitable from a mathematical standpoint, according to one physicist, and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.” Jeremy England, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he’s developed a mathematical formula to explain his theory that matter necessarily acquires the…

Scientists create state of matter that’s pretty much the same as light sabers

Scientists have created a state of matter that so far has been found in fictional galaxies far, far away. The joint team of physicists from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said they’d been exploring the properties of photons when they were able to coax them into binding together…

Police surround MIT building after shots fired in Boston

Security guards surrounded a building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology late Thursday after shots were fired, the prestigious university said on its website. “Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred,” the emergency alert notice said. MIT is located in Boston, where two bombs…

MIT project aims to bring household robots to all

Imagine going to a local store, picking out a design for a robot to help with some household chores, and having the device built within a matter of hours. That is the vision of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where a five-year, $10 million project to bring the…

Liquid battery could charge green energy

Engineering professor Donald Sadoway on Thursday used an old-school chalk board at the prestigious TED gathering to write the formula for a liquid battery that could one day cut the need for new power plants. “The way things stand, electricity demand must be in constant balance with supply,” Sadoway told…

Italian professor launches challenge to Google

ROME — An Italian computer science professor whose research helped inspire Google launched a new search engine and social media network on Monday that he hopes will challenge the US technology giant. The new site entitled “Volunia” allows users to view the components of particular websites to find the subject…

Twin NASA probes approach lunar orbit

Twin NASA spacecraft are set to blast into lunar orbit at the weekend on a mission to study the subterranean structure of the Moon in order to better understand the origins of planets. The first Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL-A) will begin orbiting the Moon at 2121 GMT on…

MIT to offer labs, certificates to virtual students

BOSTON (Reuters) – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is developing technology that will allow students taking courses online to use simulated labs, interact with professors and other students, and earn certificates. “The driver is to reach everyone out there who can’t be here,” MIT Provost Rafael Reif said on a…

U.S. power grid needs cybersecurity protection: panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The threat of cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid should be dealt with by a single federal agency, not the welter of groups now charged with the electric system’s security, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reported on Monday. While acknowledging there is no absolute insurance…

Mayor Bloomberg calls the NYPD ‘my own army’

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said the New York Police Department was like his own personal military force during a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to PolitickerNY. “I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world,” he said.…

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