The Tech reports retired professor Walter Lewin is no longer allowed near the school's online course platform.
MIT issued a statement:
MITâ€™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 Lewinâ€™s interactions with her, which began when she was a learner...Read more
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,...Read more
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...Read more
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.
The squirrel's dilemma: put on weight for winter or stay nimble enough to avoid becoming something's lunch?Read more
Cambridge Police say residents have reported roughly 30 package thefts since Sept. 1 and suspect the number will grow rapidly this month - unless residents start taking steps to block front-step theft.
A majority of the thefts have occurred during the daytime from front porches or unlocked apartment lobbies.
To start, police say, residents should request packages only be delivered with a signatures - so...Read more
Around 4:40 p.m., Ben Johnson entered the upper busway at Harvard Square T stop to this scene.
Cambridge Police report finding "multiple spent shell casings" in a parking lot on Hampshire Street near Cambridge Street early this morning.
Police report no injuries in the 2 a.m. incident.
All indications at this point in the investigation are that this incident was not random in nature.
A witness described three possible suspect vehicles exiting the area. One was described as a silver Honda...Read more
Cambridge Police report seven break-ins at two Kendall Square garages - one on Broadway, one at Cambridge Center - since Oct. 29.
In four of the break-ins, the thief or thieves made off with laptops or tablets. In six of the cases, car windows were smashed in.
The break-ins are happening on Wednesdays and Thursday, typically between 4 and 8 p.m. Police released a...Read more
Cambridge Day reports on a honey of a battle between a temple that has bee hives and neighbors who swarmed city officials with complaints. The temple's rabbi said she was stung by criticism over the bees, which one irate resident compared to "livestock." Naturally, in a city that once set up a Peace Commission, the chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals urged the...Read more
Jim Braude of NECN, has aide to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, John McDonough, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who helped to draft the Affordable Care Act, on his show Broadside to discuss MIT prof. and resident of Lexington. MA Jonathan Gruber's controversial remarks. Watch the video here:
â€śThe thing to understand is that Jonathon Gruber was...Read more
Actually, we have no idea why this guy is just standing in Harvard Square, but we suspect his name isn't Clarence and he's not looking for George Bailey, so a lost bet makes sense to us. Nikki, who snapped his photo at 2:30 p.m., reports:
Won't say what he's up to but hasn't moved in at least 20 mins....Read more
Hubway announced today its bicycle-rental stations will again remain open this winter in Cambridge - except for the stations at Lafayette Square/Main Street and Dana Park, which will be taken out to let snow plows plow snow.
Closures of other stations will begin in mid-November, with Brookline and Somerville concluding operations on Wednesday, November 26th. For the first time, a reduced number of stations...Read more
The Crimson reports on a faculty meeting got a little testy when professors wanted to know why the world's greatest university was surveilling them and students. A muckymuck said it was part of a study by one group of researchers on student class attendance.
Prior to beginning the study, Bol said, he was given approval by Harvardâ€™s Institutional Review Board, a federally mandated body...Read more