MIT stories

 
You've seen this in crime dramas: hard bitten detective employs computer genius with attitude to conjure vital clues from grainy and low-resolution surveillance video by using some unspecified form of "enhancement." Scoff all you like, but MIT computer geniuses can now enhance video enough to track your heart beating.
 
Last week we posted about MIT students turning a building into a giant Tetris game. Well, they're at it again, but this time they added a ginormous Dalek replica (from Doctor Who, of course) to the top of a different campus building.
 
The folks at MIT's Media Lab are teaching a robotic arm to spin material into webs, just like a spider would. Why? It's either so robot armies could easily cocoon captured humans a few years from now, or maybe so robots could spin flexible structures that could be attached to existing buildings. Why would we want that? Keep reading.
 
The venerable and prestigious Massachusetts Institute o' Technology has decided to formalize a decades-old practice by awarding official pirate certificates to qualifying students. And not for your pansy-nerd software piracy: these kids are real life swashbuckling salty dogs, who can shoot you, stab you, shoot you again, and then skillfully sail away.

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