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  1. Science

    Researchers Believe the “Gospel of Jesus’ Wife” to Be No More Fake Than Other Gospels

    "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife" is a pice of papyrus that contains controversial statements about—you guessed it—Jesus' wife. It says things like, "Jesus said to them, My wife... she is able to be my disciple..." and probably a lot about how he's always out boozing it up on water-wine with his 12 buddies. Now there's research showing its authenticity.

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  2. Tech

    MIT Built a Squishy Robot Fish That Swims Like the Real Thing, Let’s Make a Mega Piranha Sequel

    MIT's new robot fish is the latest in "soft robotics," which is like regular robotics but more huggable. It substitutes liquid flowing through cables for traditional means of robotic movement, which allows some of the soft robots to move in pretty lifelike ways. That's what enabled them to build the inevitable star of SyFy's next monster movie.

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  3. Tech

    Attention Internet: Vote on Which GIFS Best Express Emotion

    Don't post that pic of Oprah giving side eyes! There may be a more effective way to convey your views on Crimea. Two MIT students have created a "GIF sorting" game that tackles assumptions about the universal emotional or cultural significance of certain images, reminding users that our screaming Walter White is someone else's laughing Squidward.

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  4. Science

    Sensory Fiction Books Heat Up, Vibrate While You Read

    Enjoy reading, but incapable of forming opinions of your own? No problem! Scientists at MIT are developing "Sensory Fiction" books that give you biofeedback in the form of vibrations and temperature variations.

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  5. Tech

    Toys of the Future Are Here, littleBits Let You Build Your Own Electronics as Easily as LEGOs

    You know how in sci-fi stories, children of the future or alien races always seem to be building complex electronics with their toys (and sometimes even C-3PO. Grumble grumble)? Ayah Bdeir wants to make that a reality with modular, snap-together electronics parts called littleBits that allow anyone to easily construct electronics prototypes.

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  6. Tech

    Watch MIT’s inFORM 3D Display Render Physical Objects Using Xbox Kinect

    MIT's new inFORM 3D display recreates physical objects and motion with a grid of pins that position themselves at various heights to render objects. Basically, it works like one of those pin art toys you used to mash your face into to creep people out, but with the aid of 3D cameras, it's capable of much more.

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  7. Science

    MIT Is Building Self Assembling Robots, Because Science Loves Tempting Fate [Video]

    Want a glimpse at what your final moments on this planet will look like? In this video, MIT News proudly shows off MIT's new, tiny, colorful death machines — um, I mean robots. Self assembling, move-under-their-own-power, hurl-themselves-through-the-air robots.

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  8. Science

    Relax, MIT and Harvard Scientists Did Not Build a Lightsaber

    A team of physicists from MIT and Harvard have created a new form of matter by binding photons into molecules. The team compared the way these new molecules interact to lightsabers, and the Internet went bonkers. Pump the brakes, everyone. They have not created a lightsaber. Here's what happened.

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  9. Tech

    This Human-Size Robot’s Unboxing Video is the Best of All Unboxing Videos

    Oh, unboxing videos. They are the most boring thing on YouTube, and yet they persist. We loath unboxing videos, so imagine our surprise when we found one we actually liked. Here's MIT unboxing their DARPA Robotics Challenge competitor, the Atlas. This is good, but a Jaeger unboxing video would be better. Make it happen, Del Toro.

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  10. Science

    One Year on This Tiny Exoplanet Lasts Just Eight and a Half Hours

    It's been a little more than a year since I started here at Geekosystem, and man, has it gone fast. Nowhere near as fast as a year passes on the tiny, molten exoplanet Kepler 78B, though. The planet, discovered by researchers at MIT and elsewhere, completes a breakneck orbit of its home star in just eight and a half hours.

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  11. Tech

    Some Aaron Swartz Secret Service Documents Released

    The first of 104 pages of Secret Service documents on the Aaron Swartz case have been released through a Freedom of Information Act request. Despite requests by both MIT and JSTOR to review any documents before they are released, these 104 pages have been made public without any such review.

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  12. Tech

    MIT Releases Report on Aaron Swartz Case, Claims “Position of Neutrality”

    While under federal prosecution that many felt was extreme for his crimes, Aaron Swartz committed suicide earlier this year. MIT has released a report examining their culpability in the matter. It indicates that MIT maintained a "position of neutrality" throughout the proceedings, claiming they neither sought Swartz' prosecution nor defended him.

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  13. Space

    Best Competition Ever Allows Students to Pilot Robotic Spheres on the International Space Station

    Why didn't Yogurt see the merchandising potential of Spaceballs, the robotics competition? Students from the U.S. and Europe can sign up to be challenged in what is described as "the ultimate robot game" to navigate floating spheres through the International Space Station in culmination of the Zero Robotics programming competition. I'm not even allowed to compete, and I'm excited about this.

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  14. Tech

    MIT Shooters Appear To Be Connected With Boston Marathon Bombings, One Still At Large

    After last night's shooting at MIT and the ongoing manhunt that followed,  the entire city of Boston and the surrounding area are on lockdown this morning. Moments ago, Governor Deval Patrick spoke to reporters urging people in the area to stay in their homes with their doors locked until further notice. While one of the shooters has died of wounds sustained in a gunfight with police, another remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

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  15. Tech

    Officer Down At MIT, Shooter At Large, Explosive Devices Used Against Police

    Things are still becoming clear, but multiple sources are reporting a shooter on MIT's campus. As of a little before 11:00 Eastern, one MIT police officer has been shot and killed, per the Cambridge Police. Updating

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