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  • Robofish

    This robofish prototype, less than a foot long, swims via a single motor.

  • Falling, Unwinding, Cascading

    Kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson is a former artist in residence at MIT and the inventor of the foam construction toy Toobers and Zots. He led the Friday After Thanksgiving Chain Reaction at the MIT Museum in 2008.

  • Prescription: Networking

    Boston Medical Center is one of a relative few of U.S. hospitals that have managed to break down bureaucratic barriers to exchange electronic medical records with community health centers having different owners—a first step toward statewide and nationwide exchanges to improve health-care quality and reduce waste. Meg Aranow, the hospital’s chief information officer, and Andrew Ulrich, an emergency department physician, describe the rationale for and emerging uses of this electronic-records network now serving many of Boston’s inner-city patients.

  • Health-Care IT: The Economic Perspective

    With Congress locked in a debate over how to reform the United States’ $2.3 trillion health-care industry, Harvard economist and health-care policy expert David Cutler explains how information technology affects the quality and economics of health care.

  • Demonstrating Health-Care Networking

    Dan Newman, chief medical information officer of Boston Medical Center, explains the workings of the hospital’s new electronic-records network connecting BMC with community health centers in the Boston area.

  • iTube

    Why 23,201 people care that Justine Ezarik just ate a cookie.

  • Nuclear Deterrence in the Age of Nuclear Terrorism

    Graham Allison, a professor of government at Harvard University and the director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, talks about the threat of nuclear terrorism.

  • Fuel-Cell Power-Up

    MIT professor of chemical engineering Paula Hammond explains the difference between fuel cells and batteries, how a fuel cell works, and why a methanol fuel cell in particular is useful. Through her work, she brings methanol fuel cells closer to use in practical applications, such as powering cell phones and laptops.

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