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By - 2/17/16 - 9:56 am

A woman who graduated Harvard last year says the university violated a federal equal education law by not educating students about sexual assault and harassment - and by failing to protect her after she complained about the actions of a former boyfriend who also attended the school. Read more.

By - 2/17/16 - 9:19 am

In a lawsuit filed this week, Cambridge's Akamai Technologies charges that basically everything that competitor Limelight Networks does violates three Akamai patents. Akamai wants a judge in US District Court in Boston to tell Limelight to knock it off and pay lots of damages for having that sort of nerve. Read more.

By - 2/11/16 - 10:21 pm

The Boston Cyclists Union did this video today on the first day the new sidewalk was open to bicycles on the Longfellow.

By - 2/11/16 - 11:03 am
Rainer Weiss

The New York Times reports a team of scientists, including Rainer Weiss of MIT have confirmed the presence of gravitational waves, something Einstein predicted in 1915, but which have never before been detected.

Two detectors, each 2.5 miles long and 1,900 miles apart, detected waves from the collision of two black holes about 1.2 billion years ago, almost as soon as they were turned on for testing, the Times reports.

By - 2/6/16 - 11:25 am

MIT says Toshiba owes it at least that much in royalties for the right to make digital TVs, video players and home-theater systems based on patents it holds.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, MIT says that Toshiba stopped making agreed upon royalty payments in 2011 for patented work by MIT researchers on several key digital-TV standards, including MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Read more.

By - 2/5/16 - 12:18 pm

The T reports it's busing Red Line riders between Alewife and Harvard due to a power problem at Harvard. Word came right after Gov. Baker, in a snow news conference, said, "The T actually had a pretty good morning."

By - 2/5/16 - 9:31 am

The Tech reports on efforts to rename the title of people who oversee student residences at MIT:

After speaking with students, Essigmann found that "Head of House" was a popular choice, often due to “affection for Harry Potter and Hogwarts." ...

The survey included "House Parent" (which some students considered infantilizing) and "House Maven" (which some students considered silly and subtly feminine). "Dumbledore" stood out as a popular write-in among responses ..."

By - 2/4/16 - 9:26 am
Searching the Charles River for a body

Recovery operation. Photo by Slottedpig.

State Police report recovering a body around 8:45 a.m. near MIT on the Cambridge side of the river.

By - 2/3/16 - 9:44 am

Even a State Police helicopter got brought in for the search as Cambridge and Somerville officers blocked some streets. The city of Somerville tweeted:

State police chopper over Somerville is assisting in search for repeat car thief. Not considered dangerous.

By - 1/28/16 - 11:30 pm

Wicked Local Cambridge reports on a curious occurrence at Mass. Ave. and Hancock Street on Jan. 23:

Officers on patrol noticed pedestrians grabbing money floating in the air. The officers on scene collected $80.

By - 1/27/16 - 8:04 pm
Flipped car in Cambridge

Cambridge Street near Harvard Square was closed for a bit this evening on account of this flipped car, Prairie Rose Clayton reports.

By - 1/26/16 - 7:09 am

The Harvard Gazette reports researchers at Harvard, MIT and the Joslin Diabetes Center have successfully tested an implantable bundle containing human pancreas cells in mice and primates with type 1 diabetes.

Key to the research is alginate, a substance derived from seaweed that blocks the immune system from attacking the container for the new cells as "foreign" without the need for expensive and risky immune suppressing drugs. Read more.

By - 1/25/16 - 11:11 pm

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory reports Minsky, 88, died Sunday

Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied and replicated in a computer - which would teach us, in turn, to better understand the human brain and higher-level mental functions: How might we endow machines with common sense - the knowledge humans acquire every day through experience? How, for example, do we teach a sophisticated computer that to drag an object on a string, you need to pull, not push - a concept easily mastered by a two-year-old child?

By - 1/25/16 - 7:39 am

UPDATE: The MBTA warns Longfellow-related slowdowns could last two to three days.

Red Line trains in both directions are moving kind of slow this morning, due to the weekend track work on the Longfellow Bridge.

At 7:40 a.m., Justlippe reported:

I left Central at 7:10am. We're just now hanging half out of the tunnel headed to MGH.

Read more.

By - 1/23/16 - 6:52 pm
Stuck buses on Cambridge Street in Boston

Buses stuck on Cambridge Street by MGH. Photo by Caitlin Melnick.

First responders from both Cambridge and Boston and divers from Boston rushed to the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge around 6:30 p.m. on what appeared to be a report that two people might be in the river. Read more.

By - 1/20/16 - 6:28 pm
Looking over the side of the BU Bridge

First responders on the BU Bridge. Photo by Greg Hum.

UPDATE, 7 p.m. A thermal scanner mounted on a State Police helicopter found no evidence of a body; firefighters began packing up to leave.

Around 6:15 p.m., based on a phone call. Police and firefighters from both Boston and Cambridge are on scene and searching the Charles River.

By - 1/18/16 - 9:50 am
Working on the Red Line tracks on the Longfellow Bridge

John McLachlan watched workers working on new Red Line tracks on the Longfellow Bridge yesterday. Read more.

By - 1/15/16 - 2:10 pm

Cambridge Police report the arrest of a New York City man on a variety of charges related to the high life he allegedly tried to settle into for a couple months at a Third Street apartment complex that included draining $70,000 from a local design company's coffers and using some of the funds to lease a BMW SUV across the river in Boston. Read more.