At MIT, engineers are taught that scifi is crucial to do good science

MIT is one of the premiere science and technology universities in the United States. And now students there are being asked to consider the consequences of their inventions — by reading science fiction in class. Over at The Atlantic, Rebecca Rosen has a terrific interview with the creators of this innovative course. » 9/20/13 3:40pm 9/20/13 3:40pm

See MIT do the famous "Monkey and a Gun" demonstration

Every physics class is hit, at one point or another, with the famous Monkey and a Gun problem. The idea is simple: A biologist has decided to shoot a monkey — let's say with a tranquilizer dart, The monkey is hanging on a vine when the biologist spots it. By reflex, it will release the vine the moment it hears the… » 6/21/13 7:00am 6/21/13 7:00am

Dalek mysteriously materializes atop MIT computer science building

After CalTech pranksters adorned MIT with a runaway TARDIS a while back, it was only inevitable the Daleks would show up. And appear they did last week, atop MIT's Stata Center — a lightning rod for pranks — which houses the university's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Check out the below… » 4/27/12 3:30pm 4/27/12 3:30pm

How does one battle a blizzard? Borrow flamethrowers from MIT

On January 22, 1948, Boston mayor Mayor James Curley wrote this letter to MIT President Karl Compton asking for "a competent group of engineers [to] make an immediate study as to ways and means of removing the huge accumulation [...] be it by the use of flame throwers or chemicals or otherwise." Quite the modest… » 2/02/11 3:30pm 2/02/11 3:30pm