Tag Archive: Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Drones And Robotic Warfare You Just Can’t Imagine

 

 

 

 

” Drones can essentially conduct perch and stare missions nearly endlessly. The technology is developing even more rapidly than the military can grasp, says the director of MIT’s Humans and Automation Laboratory.

  In just the past two years, it seems as if drones are everywhere in the news. This technology has been around for more than 60 years, but has only recently captured both national and international attention. This is primarily because of the increasing use in the military, but also because of concerns that such technology will be turned on a country’s own citizens.

  The average person thinks of a drone as a flying spy camera, loitering overhead waiting to spot a target and then possibly launching a weapon when that target is labeled as a threat. To be sure, this is indeed one mission of drones, typically of organizations like the CIA.

  However, this is by far the least common mission. The vast majority of military drone missions today are data and image collection. Their ability to provide “situational awareness” to decision makers on the ground is unparalleled in military operations since drones can essentially conduct perch and stare missions nearly endlessly.

  This is why their use and demand from the trenches has been so high – they provide an ability to watch as events unfold, providing some clarity to the fog of war, which is the Achilles Heel for military leaders.

  However, in the very near future, these intelligence surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions will be dwarfed by other uses of drones in operations inconceivable to most military personnel today.

  They will be used to enhance communications, patrol the skies, intercept incoming ballistic and short range missiles, dog fight with other aircraft in the sky, and deliver supplies. Indeed, currently the US Marine Corps has two robotic helicopters that have moved millions of pounds of goods and have been critical in current drawdown efforts.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MIT Researchers Discover Possible ‘Vaccine’ For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

 

 

” It’s a breakthrough that could help thousands of American soldiers returning from dangerous deployments. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology believe they may have discovered a way to create a vaccine that could prevent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

” What it’s going to do is that they’ll still have perfectly strong memories of the event. They just won’t have the bad health consequences,” said Ki Goosens, an assistant professor of neuroscience with the McGovern Institute for Brain Research.

  The key is a lesser-known hormone produced by the stomach called ghrelin. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIT’s inFORM Dynamic Shape Display

 

 

 

 

” In early November, two MIT PhD students, Daniel Leithinger and Sean Follmer, introduced an eye-catching project from the MIT Media Lab: A table built with motors, linkages and pins, that can render a person physically in real time via a digital source. Some articles hailed the technology with potential to change the world and others were captivated by its strange, almost science fiction-type quality. The consensus was that this thing was really, really cool. But for a concept so complex, the initial idea came from a simple beginning. “

 

 

 

“ We were inspired by those pinscreen toys where you press your hand on one end, and it shows on the other side,” Leithinger says. However, the 15-by-15-inch table, known as inFORM, is much more complicated than a toy. Leithinger says it’s best to imagine the device as a pinscreen, but with each pin attached to an individual motor. That’s 900 pins, each a half-inch wide, with 900 separate motors. Getting 900 motors in such a dense area was a challenge, Follmer says .”

 

 

MIT Students Develop Wearable Cooling Device That Could Make Air Conditioning Obsolete

 

 

 

” We come across quite a lot of cool technology, but it’s not every day that we find something that can literally cool you down. 

Developed by four engineering students at MIT, Wristify is a prototype wearable device that leverages the physical phenomenon known as the Peltier effect to reduce your body temperature.

Wristify is basically a series of these junctions (called a Peltier cooler) powered by a small battery and attached to a wrist strap. When placed against the skin, the device makes you feel cooler by reducing the temperature of your wrist a few fractions of a degree per second for a couple seconds at a time. Over the course of a few minutes, this process will cause you to perceive a whole-body cooling of a couple degrees Celsius. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘The Latest IPCC Report Has Truly Sunk To Level Of Hilarious Incoherence’

 

Climate Depot Round Up: UN IPCC Exhumes, Brings Climate Catastrophe Back From The Grave…Politicians, Activists Dancing Like It’s 2007!

 

 

” I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence.  They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.

Their excuse for the absence of warming over the past 17 years is that the heat is hiding in the deep ocean.  However, this is simply an admission that the models fail to simulate the exchanges of heat between the surface layers and the deeper oceans.  However, it is this heat transport that plays a major role in natural internal variability of climate, and the IPCC assertions that observed warming can be attributed to man depend crucially on their assertion that these models accurately simulate natural internal variability.  Thus, they now, somewhat obscurely, admit that their crucial assumption was totally unjustified. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boston Shut Down As One Bombing Suspect Dead, One On The Run

One Boston marathon bombing suspect is dead and one is on the run after a morning shootout with police.

” Two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt in a long night of violence that left one of them dead and another still at large Friday, authorities said as the manhunt intensified for a young man described as a dangerous terrorist.

In Boston, still on edge over the attack on the marathon, and its western suburbs, authorities suspended mass transit and urged people to stay indoors as they searched for a man seen wearing a white baseball cap on surveillance footage from Monday’s deadly bombing at the marathon finish line.

The suspects were identified to The Associated Press as coming from the Russian region near Chechnya, which has been plagued by an Islamic insurgency stemming from separatist wars. A law enforcement intelligence bulletin obtained by the AP identified the surviving bomb suspect as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, a 19-year-old who had been living in Cambridge, just outside Boston, and said he “may be armed and dangerous.”

CNN is reporting that the two suspects are brothers. NBC is reporting that 26-year-old Tamerlan Tzarnaev is the suspect who was killed.”

MSNBC: Fugitive Is Djhokar Tsarnaez

 

 

 

 

 

” One suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is dead after a violent stand-off with police in Massachusetts, and another–his 19-year-old brother– is still at large. A manhunt for the second suspect, who appeared in a white hat in photos released by the FBI, is ongoing in nearby Watertown, Mass. The fugitive is  Dzhokar Tsarnaev, a resident of Cambridge, Mass. He has a Massachusetts driver’s license. Authorities say the Tsarnaev  brothers lived in Cambridge but were not students. Initial reports indicate the brothers may be Chechens who were legal permanent residents of the United States, but it was not immediately clear.

As authorities pieced together the chronology hours later, it appeared that the MIT officer had been killed; then two men had stolen a car at gunpoint (the driver was later released unharmed). Police then pursued the vehicle into Watertown, engaging in a battle with police using gunfire and explosive devices.  One of the suspects was killed, the dead suspect reported by law enforcement authorities as the man in the black hat in the FBI photos released Thursday from the marathon bombings.

The suspect who was killed was found wearing explosives strapped to his chest.”

 

 

Boston Suburbs On Lockdown Amid Terror Search

 

 

 

 

”  One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead after the killing of a university officer and a shootout with police, and a massive manhunt is underway for the other, authorities said early Friday.

Police are locking down some neighborhoods in Boston and its western suburbs as they search for the remaining suspect: known as the man in the white hat from marathon surveillance footage.

Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down and businesses were asked not to open Friday. People waiting at bus and subway stops were told to go home.

“We believe this to be a terrorist,” said Boston Police Commissioner Ed David of the suspect on the loose. “We believe this to be a man who’s come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody.”
The Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer on campus in Cambridge late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Boston Bombing Suspect Is Dead

 

 

” One of two suspects wanted in Monday’s deadly Boston marathon bombing was killed early Friday in a violent standoff with the police in a quiet residential neighborhood just west of Boston. The second suspect remained at large following what authorities described as a deadly crime spree that left one police officer dead and another seriously wounded.

A Watertown resident, Andrew Kitzenberg, 29, said he looked out his third-floor window to see two young men of slight build in jackets engaged in “constant gunfire” with police officers. A police SUV “drove towards the shooters,” he said, and was shot at until it was severely damaged. It rolled out of control, Mr. Kitzenberg said, and crashed into two cars in his driveway.

The two shooters, he said, had a large, unwieldy bomb that he said looked “like a pressure cooker.”

“They lit it, still in the middle of the gunfire, and threw it. But it went 20 yards at most.” It exploded, he said, and one of the two men ran toward the gathered police officers. He was tackled, but it was not clear if he was shot, Mr. Kitzenberg said.

Meanwhile, the other young man, said Mr. Kitzenberg, got back into the SUV, turned it toward officers and “put the pedal to the metal.” The car “went right through the cops, broke right through and continued west.” “

 

 

 

Why You Should Care About the Death of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz, The Internet Remains Free in Large Part Because of His Efforts

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“Aaron’s death is not simply a personal tragedy. It is the product of a criminal justice system rife with intimidation and prosecutorial overreach.”

Aaron led the way in the effort to stop SOPA. Every single person in the world who values the free flow of information on the Internet, and the free market of ideas owes this young man a debt of gratitude.”

Anonymous Hacktivists Target MIT Websites Over Aaron Swartz Suicide

 

 

 

” Hackers claiming affiliation with Anonymous, a loose-knit group of internet activists, defaced pages on MIT websites, calling the case against Mr Swartz “a grotesque miscarriage of justice”.

“Whether or not the government contributed to his suicide, the government’s prosecution of Swartz was a grotesque miscarriage of justice, a distorted and perverse shadow of the justice that Aaron died fighting for – freeing the publicly-funded scientific literature from a publishing system that makes it inaccessible to most of those who paid for it – enabling the collective betterment of the world through the facilitation of sharing – an ideal that we should all support,” it said.

“Aaron’s act was undoubtedly political activism; it had tragic consequences.”

The message, labelled “in memoriam”, was posted on at least two hacked MIT web pages, but the hackers said they did not “consign blame or responsibility upon MIT for what has happened”. “

 

 

Glowing Ice Cubes Warn You When You Drink Too Much

 

Smart Cubes

 

 

” In November, MIT grad student Dhairya Dand blacked out at a party and woke up in the hospital. Some people might use that as a wake-up call to lay off the tequila shots for a few weekends, but Dand, an engineer and former educational toy designer, did one better. Three weeks later, he had created a set of glowing ice cubes called Cheers that let you know when you’re going too hard.

A circuit enmeshed in an edible jelly mold monitors the number of sips taken, using an accelerometer that tracks the drink’s motion, and calculates how drunk you are based on a timer. Using three cubes with different LED lights, your drink changes color from green to orange to red, letting you know when you should take it easy. “

 

 

 

 

Stunning Shortlist Of Entries For The Sony World Photography Awards

 

Having a laugh: Two old friends share a few jokes while smoking their pipes in Vietnam captured by Huu Hung Truong

Having a laugh: Two old friends share a few jokes while smoking their pipes in Vietnam captured by Huu Hung Truong

 

” These stunning pictures represent just a handful of the thousands of entries submitted to the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards – with this year’s competition looking set to become one of the most impressive to date.

From brilliant nature shots to moving real life portraits, photographers both amateur and professional have submitted the very best of their work in the hope of scooping some of the $30,000 (£19,000) of prize money on offer.

And it’s not too late to enter. Anyone can submit a picture but with just a week left until the deadline, the judges are keen that nobody should miss out on the chance to win. “

Wallflower: A member of Ethiopia's Hamer tribe shows off her brilliantly colourful costume as she poses for Belgium photographer Pascal Mannaerts in Harar, a Muslim enclave in the very Christian Ethiopia

Wallflower: A member of Ethiopia’s Hamer tribe shows off her brilliantly colourful costume as she poses for Belgium photographer Pascal Mannaerts in Harar, a Muslim enclave in the very Christian Ethiopia

 

 

Crash

Watch NASA Crash Two Orbiters Into the Moon

” It wasn’t quite the jubilation we saw this summer when NASA landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars, but scientists behind the GRAIL mission congratulated each other on a job well done this afternoon after the two orbiters successfully smashed into the moon. Afterward, project head Maria Zuber said NASA plans to name the impact site after the late Sally Ride. Her sister, Karen “Bear” Ride, said now “there’s a little corner of the moon that’s named for Sally. As for GRAIL, Zuber says the orbiters Ebb and Flow “have removed the viel from the moon,” and their data will inform research into the history of our natural satellite for years to come. “

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