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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:

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.

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:

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, among other gases.

“The beauty of these sensors is that they are really cheap. You put them up, they sit there, and then you come around and read them. There’s no wiring involved. There’s no power,” says Timothy Swager, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry at MIT. “You can get quite imaginative as to what you might want to do with a technology like this.”

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 altruistic volunteer, who will want a minimum of gameplay features. The second will have more of those features, such as the ability to track progress, gain points for correct transcriptions, and lose them for incorrect ones.

The challenge, according to Flanagan and TiltFactor game designer Max Seidman, is to create gameplay that is interesting enough to stand by itself and even attract players who might not be interested in natural history, birds, or the broader societal benefit of their high scores.

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 6:25 p.m., the vanguard of protesters was approaching Central Square.

By - 12/5/14 - 10:11 am
Hawk with fresh squirrel

The squirrel's dilemma: put on weight for winter or stay nimble enough to avoid becoming something's lunch?

By - 12/5/14 - 10:08 am

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 letter carriers and private package workers don't just leave boxes on front steps or in foyers.

Also:

By - 12/4/14 - 7:42 pm
Car in Harvard Square busway

Around 4:40 p.m., Ben Johnson entered the upper busway at Harvard Square T stop to this scene.

Earlier:
New York driver winds up on the North Point Park pedestrian bridge.

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