An MIT spinoff is installing benches equipped with solar-powered phone chargers - and air-quality and noise monitors - in several parks, the mayor's office says.
Changing Environment's "soofa" benches are going into Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
"Your cell phone doesnât just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?â the mayor asks in a statement.
The Globe has a sausage-factory look at how MIT beat back the Obama administration and won funding for its fusion reactor, at least through 2016.
Dev photographed party trucks on Albany Street near MIT last night.
You never know what you'll find for sale at the MIT Flea. Today, Turlach MacDonagh found this 1964 Gemini capsule, available for just $65,000.
Copyright Turlach MacDonagh. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
The Tech reports the ban applies even to frats in Cambridge as the Interfraternity Council tries to get Boston to lift what is essentially a ban on all parties at MIT dorms on account of that student falling four stories through a skylight at an illegal roof-deck party. The council kinda needs to try to get the ban lifted by September, when the frats hold their annual rush week.
The Tech reports both its national fraternity and MIT have suspended Delta Upsilon, based at 526 Beacon St. in the Back Bay, for "inappropriate behavior during unsanctioned events" over January break.
No word if a horse in the dean's office was involved.
Bonus fun fact: Animal House producer Ivan Reitman belonged to a Delta Upsilon chapter at McMaster University.
"People are intimidated by me."
"Why do you intimidate people?"
"Itâs the media, man. People put you into these little compartments in their brains and then they think they know you. âOh, ok. A six-foot-two 350-pound humanoid made from military-grade titanium alloy. Probably out to annihilate all of humanity. Better get away from HIM.â
No oneâs willing to risk challenging their first impressions, let alone consider that I might prefer not to be referred to using traditional male gender pronouns."
MIT President L. Rafael Reif says he and MIT are standing behind students threatened by New Jersey with legal action if they don't turn over detailed information about a "proof of concept" project involving the online currency Bitcoin.
State Police report that some MIT students were having fun with a 1,000-lb. remote-controlled boat in the Mystic River in Somerville last night. But all good things come to an end and the kids tried using a Ford Ranger to haul the boat out of the water. Instead, State Police say, the boat pulled the pickup into the river. State Police now advise:
If you are trying to pull out a boat from the Mystic River, be sure your truck can handle the pull!
The Tech reports on an outbreak of gastroenteritis on campus; officials are not sure if it's norovirus.
The Tech reports MIT and its fraternities are working with architects to develop applications for assembly permits for frats on this side of the river.
The Boston Inspectional Services Department requires that assembly limits are calculated based on the emergency exit capabilities of each residence. Currently, however, Boston [Fraternity, Sorority and Independent Living Group] residences have assembly limits calculated by the old system that was based on square footage. The Boston Inspectional Services Department wants to verify that all assembly limits meet the present standards and reflect the safe capacities of FSILG residences.
MIT is reporting a gas leak at Building 48, Main and Albany streets this morning.
Stephanie E reports:
All of Kendall smells... I'm on a bus and it's overpowering.