Cambridge

By - 1/7/15 - 3:39 pm

Cambridge Police are - again - warning Cambridgeport residents of a guy who likes breaking into houses and apartments via windows during the day to steal laptops and other electronics.

In an alert to residents today, police say the burglar typically looks for cut or unlocked screens, then shimmies into houses between 3 and 6 p.m. Since Dec. 23, laptop guy has hit six houses,... Read more

By - 1/3/15 - 1:11 am
Firefighters in Cambridge due to gas leak

Firefighters at Mass. Ave. and Brookline Street. Photo by Justin Fyles.

Two separate natural-gas incidents sent Cambridge firefighters scrambling along Mass. Ave., from Albany Street to Brookline Street.

Around 11:30 p.m., a gas main began leaking at Albany Street, possibly because a construction crew hit it. Then, around the same time, firefighters had to evacuate 8 Brookline St., several blocks away, due to high gas readings.... Read more

By - 12/30/14 - 9:49 am

Cambridge Day reports what it knows about possible reuse of the 14-acre Volpe Transportation Center parcel in Kendall Square, which could include zoning for buildings up to 300 feet high. But both the federal government, which owns the land, and city planners, have turned very shy.

By - 12/25/14 - 1:46 pm

Harvard professors are working on it. The idea of tanks of microbes making things isn't new - remember the giant tanks of Chinese hamster ovary cells along the Charles in Allston - but the Harvard boffins say they've figured out how to up the production of whatever 30fold:

The technique makes a desired chemical product essential to the bacteria’s survival by modifying their DNA

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By - 12/24/14 - 8:55 am

The restaurants this morning. Photo by Neal Doyle.

CFD Ladder 1 reports what turned into a two-alarm fire erupted at 228 Broadway shortly after 3 a.m.

Neal Doyle reports the two businesses - Beauty's Pizza and MuLan Taiwanese Restaurant - both appeared this morning to have been totally destroyed.... Read more

By - 12/20/14 - 5:31 pm
Cambridge firetruck on the Anderson Bridge over the Charles River

CFD on the bridge. Photo by RoadTripNE.

UPDATE, 7 p.m. Boston Fire reports no body found.

State Police have shut the Anderson Bridge between JFK Street in Cambridge and North Harvard Street in Allston so firefighters can comb the Charles for somebody a 911 caller said jumped into the river around 5 p.m.

By - 12/17/14 - 6:55 pm

NECN reports the driver, who picked up a woman on Tremont Street in Boston, was arraigned in Cambridge District Court in connection with a Dec. 6 incident.

By - 12/14/14 - 10:08 am
Hawk in Cambridgeport

How'd you like to walk out your door Sunday morning and be greeted by this fine specimen? Molly Hester spotted the bird on a Cambridgeport front porch this morning.

By - 12/12/14 - 7:11 pm
Protest in Central Square

Central Square photographed a Black Lives Matter die-in at Mass. Ave. and Prospect in Central Square.

By - 12/12/14 - 6:37 pm
dummy's head on the Red Line

H gives us a head's up on the situation on the Red Line.

Meanwhile, Dana Busch wonders where the car is that left a hub cap on the platform at Porter Square.

By - 12/11/14 - 7:30 am
Lechmere canal in Cambridge

JB Parrett went for a stroll in Lechmere Canal Park yesterday.

By - 12/10/14 - 7:33 am

The Crimson reports the student allegedly objected to being awoken from a drunken slumber in a dorm hallway by trying to beat up a Harvard police officer. He now faces a couple of A&B charges.

By - 12/9/14 - 6:46 am

The Tech reports retired professor Walter Lewin is no longer allowed near the school's online course platform.

MIT issued a statement:

MIT’s action comes in response to a complaint it received in October from a woman, who is an online MITx learner, claiming online sexual harassment by Lewin. She provided information about Lewin’s interactions with her, which began when she was a learner

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By - 12/8/14 - 3:22 pm

MIT reports some of its researchers have developed a method to produce cheap NFC-based sensors that could tell if a box contains spoiled food - or explosives.

These inexpensive sensors could be widely deployed, making it easier to monitor public spaces or detect food spoilage in warehouses. Using this system, the researchers have demonstrated that they can detect gaseous ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and cyclohexanone,

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By - 12/8/14 - 12:22 pm

Jen posts about sharing a pig's head at Craigie on Main. This is the post to read if you've ever wondered what a cooked pig's head looks like or what it's like to eat a pig's face.

By - 12/6/14 - 9:04 pm

WBZ reports on a smashing night in Cambridge. No injuries; driver thought she was turning into a parking lot.

By - 12/6/14 - 12:31 pm

The Harvard Gazette reports on an effort to scan in old ornithology journals using crowdsourcing to convert the hand-written journals into text and then gaming software to verify the accuracy of that transcription - critical when you're talking about possibly obscure scientific names:

First versions of the video games should be ready by early next year, Flanagan said. One is aimed at the more

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By - 12/5/14 - 6:25 pm
Die-in in Central Square, Cambridge

Central Square die-in. Photo by Central Square.

Protesters started at Tufts University, blocked up Davis Square, where the T shut down the subway station, then moved down Mass. Ave. to Porter and onto Harvard, where a large contingent of T cops blocked the portal into the busway and then had the gates to the main pedestrian entrance to the station locked. As protesters moved down JFK Street, the entrance was re-opened.

Around... Read more

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