MIT Students Build Handmade Wooden Roller Coaster For Incoming Freshmen

The coaster was designed by three mechanical engineering juniors and built in the span of a week by the incoming freshmen who would ride its wooden rails. In early designs, the coaster even had an internal loop. Unfortunately, MIT's Environment Health and Safety department said "no upside-down people. Period." »12/27/14 7:48am12/27/14 7:48am

MIT Study Says Mars One Colonists Would Starve (Among Other Things)

Mars One may have taken us by surprise when the non-profit organization boldly announced that it would put colonists on Mars in the 2020s. We were even more amazed when legions of amateur astronauts signed up for a one-way ticket to the red rock. However, MIT students believe the effort, in its current form, is doomed… »10/12/14 1:43pm10/12/14 1:43pm

A Brief History of Scientists Hunting for Time Travelers

Time travel is possible—or at least a lot of serious physicists say so. It's probably not possible to pull it off in a souped-up Delorean, but there are wormholes, Tipler cylinders, and other Einstein-inspired theories for how it could work. Which raises the question: Why haven't we met any visitors from another time? »10/09/14 12:39pm10/09/14 12:39pm

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 3:40pm9/20/13 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… »6/21/13 7:00am6/21/13 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 3:30pm4/27/12 3:30pm