The Event Horizon Telescope is a project led by MIT’s Shep Doeleman.
It’s going to do an unprecedented thing: take a picture of a black hole.

It’s pretty important to clarify exactly what this is: since light can’t escape a black hole, by definition you can’t image it. What we think we can do however is image the edge of where anything can escape from a black hole: the event horizon. The part of a black hole where it becomes black.

Besides MIT schools like Harvard, Caltech, UCal Berkeley and my own anonymous school are collaborating to create a telescope the size of the planet so powerful that it might be able to image all the way to the event horizon of the black hole floating around the center of the Milky Way.

This is a technique called interferometry. Telescopes from all over the planet can combine their information and in effect become one giant telescope.

This image would actually be a photograph of a black hole as shown in many illustrations - the black abyss-like dot gorging on our Galaxy.


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Soft Robotics Toolkit

Education resource developed by the Harvard Biodesign Lab to learn, experiment and develop technology in this field - video embedded below:

The Soft Robotics Toolkit is a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, characterization, and control of soft robotic devices … The ultimate aim of the toolkit is to advance the field of soft robotics by allowing designers and researchers to build upon each other’s work. The toolkit includes an open source fluidic control board, detailed design documentation describing a wide range of soft robotic components (including actuators and sensors), and related files that can be downloaded and used in the design, manufacture, and operation of soft robots. In combination with low material costs and increasingly accessible rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC mills, the toolkit enables soft robotic components to be produced easily and affordably.

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