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2012-04-24 02:34:16

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 9th Annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium has announced TwinStrata, Inc., the leading innovator of cloud-based data storage, backup and disaster recovery solutions, as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Innovation Showcase as its TwinStrata CloudArray®( )represents a cutting-edge B2B solution that combines the strong value and innovation to enterprise IT. TwinStrata will receive key exposure to many of the world's most creative and influential...

2012-04-18 06:28:12

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Merkin Family Foundation today announced a commitment to the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT to establish the Merkin Institute Fellows, a program that will support some of the most promising and ambitious scientists pursuing bold research at the Broad Institute. The Merkin Family Foundation's commitment will be used to create the first endowed fellowship program at the Broad Institute and will provide sustained support for these...

Review: Android Apps With App Inventor
2012-04-18 03:50:50

Derek Walter For RedOrbit.com The Android App Inventor from MIT is one of a growing number of tools to help amateur developers learn to create apps without knowing all of the ins and outs of coding. Yet even a tool such as this can seem overwhelming. A newly released book seeks to guide users in taking an idea and transforming it into a full-blown application. It is recommended for those who are novices to app development and want to specifically start on learning some techniques for...

2012-04-16 02:22:57

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Essess (www.essess.com), a leading provider of automated energy assessments for commercial and residential buildings, today announced the closing of its $6 million Series A funding round. Vocap Ventures is the largest institutional investor in this round of funding, with additional investment from DFJ Athena, Minder Cheng, Richard Tsai and the company's CEO, Storm Duncan. Essess is the world's first Big Data company addressing...

2012-04-13 02:20:53

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The MIT Museum has opened Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya featuring the breath-taking photography of mountaineer and film maker David Breashears (through March 17, 2013), with the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (www.pa2f.org) At the heart of Rivers of Ice - a collaboration between the MIT Museum, GlacierWorks, and the Asia Society, designed by ThincDesign -- are contemporary, state-of-the-art...

Scientists Developing Future Of Robotics
2012-04-06 11:13:19

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Researchers are trying to create a platform that would allow individuals to create and customize easy-to-use robotic devices. The team hopes to develop a project that would automate the process of producing functional 3D devices and allow individuals to design and build functional robots from materials like a sheet of paper. “This research envisions a whole new way of thinking about the design and manufacturing of robots, and could have a profound...

2012-04-05 21:23:44

A single gene mutation can sweep through a population, opening the door for the concept of 'species' in bacteria Bacteria are the most populous organisms on the planet. They thrive in almost every known environment, adapting to different habitats by means of genetic variations that provide the capabilities essential for survival. These genetic innovations arise from what scientists believe is a random mutation and exchange of genes and other bits of DNA among bacteria that sometimes...

2012-04-04 06:28:13

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Italtel is a specialist in Cisco technology having over 200 people worldwide certified to the highest levels of Cisco specialization. Italtel, leader in the integration of products and services for next-generation IP networks, announces that its Saudi Arabian subsidiary has earned the designation of Cisco Authorized Technology Partner - Mobile Internet Technology (ATP-MIT). Italtel Arabia is the first Cisco partner in...

2012-03-30 08:05:45

Pitt and MIT researchers accomplish first demonstration of oscillating gels that can be “revived” by mechanical pressure Sooner than later, robots may have the ability to “feel.” In a paper published online March 26 in Advanced Functional Materials, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrated that a nonoscillating gel can be resuscitated in a fashion similar to a medical cardiopulmonary...

2012-03-29 23:30:40

Rapamycin-induced longevity in mice can be uncoupled from diabetes-inducing side effects A Penn- and MIT-led team explained how rapamycin, a drug that extends mouse lifespan, also causes insulin resistance. The researchers showed in an animal model that they could, in principle, separate the effects, which depend on inhibiting two protein complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2, respectively. The study suggests that molecules that specifically inhibit mTORC1 may combat age-related diseases without...