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:
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.
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.
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.
Central Square photographed a Black Lives Matter die-in at Mass. Ave. and Prospect in Central Square.
Greg Hum spotted this car in Cambridge this morning.
JB Parrett went for a stroll in Lechmere Canal Park yesterday.
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.
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.
â€śThe 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. Thereâ€™s no wiring involved. Thereâ€™s no power,â€ť says Timothy Swager, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry at MIT. â€śYou can get quite imaginative as to what you might want to do with a technology like this.â€ť
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.
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.
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.
The squirrel's dilemma: put on weight for winter or stay nimble enough to avoid becoming something's lunch?
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.
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.