This MIT phenomenon happens twice a year. We call it MIT-Henge.

Mein Vater war einkaufen..
  • *Ich habe eine Apfelallergie und keiner isst Äpfel, die einzigen Äpfel die ich abkann sind Pink Lady äpfel*
  • Ich:Für wem sind die Äpfel?
  • Vater:Für dich, für wen denn sonst?!
  • Ich:Das sind aber nicht die, die ich Essen kann.
  • Vater:Ja dann schmeiß die scheiß Dinger Weg! Jetzt reicht es ! Es ist doch echt unnormal mit dir.
  • Du isst nicht die Gummibärchen und auch nicht die Äpfel.. Werd mal erwachsen!
  • Ich:Sorry bin eben Vegetarier und Allergisch gegen Äpfel.
  • Er:Jaja, würde ich auch sagen.
  • Ich lauf heulend ins Zimmer.

Alice Zielinski is currently an MIT undergraduate studying aeronautical & astronautical engineering and computer science & electrical engineering. In this article, she tells us that

"Many MIT students recount questions about their GPA, test scores, magnificent things they’ve built, other accomplishments—while I often find myself trying to convince people that I actually attend MIT. The reactions that I’ve received from people range from amusing to borderline offensive, from delightful to ‘what??’"

Just another thing to show to your friends who don’t believe that sexism in STEM is a thing. Especially since she had to write a follow up addressing negative responses.

Crazy Slo-Mo Video Explains Why Rain Has That Distinctive Smell

Have you ever smelled that distinctive, sweet aroma that lingers after it rains?

Scientists call it “petrichor,” and since the 1960s, they’ve believed it comes from oils and chemicals that are released when raindrops hit the ground.

Now, for the first time, scientists at MIT have used high-speed cameras to show how that “rain smell” gets into the air.”

See the video and learn more at the huffingtonpost.

This MIT lab is making solid objects move… all by themselves.

You’re pretty sure your chair won’t get up and walk away, right? For now, you’re probably right. But Skylar Tibbits and his team at the MIT Self-Assembly Lab envision a weirder future. They’re creating objects that can move and change on their own right before your eyes (imagine, for example, a box that assembles itself). The objects are able to move because of memory programmed into the material they’re made with.

Don’t believe us? Watch the objects in action »


Lil B’s MIT Lecture Pt. 1

… the 12th section of the Massachusetts General Law, which stipulates ‘the admission of an individual to a general or psychiatric hospital for psychiatric evaluation and, potentially, treatment.’ The law can be triggered if the person would ‘create a likelihood of serious harm by reason of mental illness’ and allows them to be kept for up to three business days against their will.

An MIT professor was institutionalized for speaking out against Ferguson and academia’s silence, and I just found out this law exists. I also live in Massachusetts, where apparently it’s legal to hold someone for three business days—not just calendar days, but days businesses are open—against their will if they are considered “severely mentally ill,” whatever that means. Whether someone is actually a danger to anyone or not—or in many cases are just calling out ruling class bullshit—can be temporarily jailed and forced to undergo whatever treatment the doctors feel like.

This terrifies me. The mentally ill are much more likely to be victims of abuse—meaning their abuser could invoke this law and have their victim institutionalized.


Neri OxmanMediated Matter research group at MIT Media LabChristoph Bader and Dominik Kolb, ‘Wanderers: An Astrobiological Exploration' series, 2014


Making a great leap forward for mankind, the series Wanderers, introduces a set of fashionable wearable biological pieces that circulate materials that theoretically could enable humans to sustain themselves in inhospitable environments in space.  

Wanderers is an ongoing collaboration between Neri Oxman and Mediated Matter research group at MIT Media Lab and Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb. The four artworks are part of a design collection that Stratasys Ltd. - a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions - unveiled as a part of a curated showcase for the opportunities that triple-jetting 3D printing brings to the creative design industry.


1. MUSHTARI (مشتري): Jupiter’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series.   Designed by Neri Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Production System. Photo credit: Yoram Reshef. Courtesy of Neri Oxman., 2014

  • Mushtari, Arabic for huge or giant, is designed to interact with Jupiter’s atmosphere. This tortuous piece is designed as a single meandering strand inspired by the human gastrointestinal tract. It is a wearable that will consume and digest biomass, absorb nutrients, generate energy in the form of fuel or sucrose accumulating in the side pockets and expel waste. With triple-jetting technology, Oxman was able to 3D print the intricate, translucent tubing, as well complex layering, and produce varied degrees of flexibility for movement.

2. ZUHAL (زحل): Saturn’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System. Photo credit: Yoram Reshef. Courtesy of Neri Oxman., 2014

  • This piece was inspired by, and created to adapt to the vortex storms on Saturn. It has a hairy and fiberous large surface area designed to contain bacteria that convert the planet’s hydrocarbons into edible matter for humans. This geometrically complex, textural exterior is made possible with Stratasys 3D printing materials and triple-jetting technology that are malleable enough to vary in size, density and organization, accomodating for variations in anticipated wind speeds.

3. OTAARED (عطارد): Mercury’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System., 2014

  • For the planet Mercury, Oxman and her team have created a structure that acts as a protective exoskeleton for the head as the planet lacks any atmosphere. Here, Stratasys color, multi-material 3D printing enables highly accurate customized fittings to individual specifications. The resulting 3D printed shell is designed to contain calcifying bacteria within a wearable Caduceus, with the ultimate goal of growing true, organic bone structures.

4. AL-QAMAR (قمر): Luna’s Wanderer*, from the Wanderers series. Designed by Neri Oxman Oxman in collaboration with Christoph Bader and Dominik Kolb and produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color, Multi-material 3D Production System., 2014, images posted with permission of the artist.

  • Inspired by one of the most luminous objects in the sky, this piece embodies the surface qualities of the Moon.Akin to a wearable biodome, the exterior contains spatial spherical moon-shaped pods for algae-based air-purification and biofuel collection to produce and store oxygen. These highly detailed levels of spatial and material variation are only possible with Stratasys triple-jetting 3D printing technology due to its versatility of material properties from rubber to rigid, transparent to opaque, neutral to vibrantly colored and standard to biocompatible.


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High-Speed Video Reveals The Source Of That Incredible After-Rain Smell

That smell has a name. It’s called petrichor. For decades, scientists have speculated on where this smell comes from, but the mechanism behind the phenomenon has remained elusive. Now, researchers at MIT studying high-speed video of raindrops think they’ve found the answer: The smell is released in tiny aerosol clouds that raindrops emit upon impact.

Researchers, led by MIT mechanical engineer Cullen R. Buie, used high-speed cameras to show that, when a raindrop hits a porous surface, tiny bubbles of air are trapped at the point of contact. A fraction of a second later, the bubbles issue forth, rising up and out of the drop in the form of a fine spray:

Via MIT:

Using high-speed cameras, the researchers observed that when a raindrop hits a porous surface, it traps tiny air bubbles at the point of contact. As in a glass of champagne, the bubbles then shoot upward, ultimately bursting from the drop in a fizz of aerosols.

The researchers suspect that in natural environments, aerosols may carry aromatic elements, along with bacteria and viruses stored in soil. These aerosols may be released during light or moderate rainfall, and then spread via gusts of wind.

"Rain happens every day — it’s raining now, somewhere in the world," says Cullen R. Buie, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. "It’s a very common phenomenon, and it was intriguing to us that no one had observed this mechanism before."

Youngsoo Joung, a postdoc in Buie’s lab, adds that now that the group has identified a mechanism for raindrop-induced aerosol generation, the results may help to explain how certain soil-based diseases spread.

"Until now, people didn’t know that aerosols could be generated from raindrops on soil," Joung says. "This finding should be a good reference for future work, illuminating microbes and chemicals existing inside soil and other natural materials, and how they can be delivered in the environment, and possibly to humans."

Read the full study in the latest issue of Nature Communications.

Synthetic skin can sense pressure, moisture, etc. - Could usher in transhumanist artificial limbs

By David Talbot -

Some high-tech prosthetic limbs can be controlled by their owners, using nerves, muscles, or even the brain. However, there’s no way for the wearer to tell if an object is scalding hot, or about to slip out of the appendage’s grasp.



Fluid Self-Assembly Chair Test

Fluid Assembly is part of a series of investigations by MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab looking at autonomous assembly in complex and uncontrolled environments (water, air, space etc). In this experiment a number of components are released into a tank of turbulent water. Each of the components is completely unique from one another and has a precise location in the final structure. The process was filmed over 7 hours, after which a full assembled, precise chair was created. The chair was selected to demonstrate differentiated structures as opposed to repetitive growth or self-similar structures. This experiment points towards an opportunity to self-assemble arbitrarily complex differentiated structures from furniture to components, electronics / devices or other unique structures. Once self-assembled, the structures can be removed, tested, used or disassembled and thrown back into the chamber.

[read more at The Creators Project]