Topic: MIT

A nanophotonic comeback for incandescent bulbs

A proof-of-concept device built by MIT researchers demonstrates the principle of a two-stage process to make incandescent bulbs more efficient. This device already achieves efficiency comparable to some compact fluorescent and LED bulbs.Credit: Courtesy of..

How some beetles produce a scalding defensive spray

Bombardier beetles eject a liquid called benzoquinone, which they superheat and expel in an intense, pulsating jet. The explosive mechanism used by the beetle generates a spray that’s much hotter than that of other insects..

When it comes to numbers, culture counts

Image: Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT In a Bolivian rainforest society, children learn to count just like in the U.S., but on a delayed timetable. American children learn the meanings of number words gradually: First they understand “one,”..

You can now take a course on Reddit at MIT

These days, it seems like millenial-targeted college courses are springing up on nearly every college campus, from Tuft University’s “Demystifying the Hipster” course to Skidmore College’s “The Sociology of Miley Cyrus: Race, Class, Gender and..