In the 1990s, an MIT team experimented with large tubes with the air sucked out as a potential way to speed trains between here, there and everywhere. Last year, the BBC talked to now retired professor Ernst G. Frankel about the proposed "vactrains," which could cut travel from Boston to New York down to 40 minutes:
MIT wants to be added as a defendant in a journalist's legal effort to gain access to the Secret Service's files on the late Aaron Swartz. The reporter, Wired's Kevin Poulsen, writes MIT wants to block the Secret Service from releasing the names of any MIT staffers who helped the feds investigate and bring charges against Swartz for downloading large numbers of documents via an MIT network.
Updated with MIT info.
Boston Police report the victim was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 3:30 p.m. incident.
A mangled silver and black bicycle, believed to be hers, was found several blocks away on Bay State Road at Silber Way, Brian D'Amico reports.
Complete listing; roads, including Memorial Drive between the BU Bridge and Mass. Ave., and the Mass. Ave. bridge into Cambridge, will be closed during the morning rush hour.
Dana noticed the Alchemist at the MIT student center is sporting a new shoulder patch today.
UPDATE: At 12:07 a.m, Cambridge Police tweeted the officer died.
Around 10:50 p.m. at 32 Vassar St. The suspect, who fired six shots, is described as a Hispanic male in a cowboy hat, might have the officer's blood on him. The officer was rushed to Mass. General.
MIT Police warned students and staff to stay well away from the Stata Center. MBTA police are swarming the Red Line in case he tried to escape by train.
And in that, Delian Asparouhov succeeded - which prompted him to apologize to the entire MIT campus early this morning:
I made a lot of people mad, and made many people very scared, and for that I feel terrible. MIT has already gone through a lot in the last few months, and my actions were completely inappropriate. I should have never written the email, and especially not sent it out to the entire school.
Asparouhov then explains what he did and why - too late to realize it was not the brightest of ideas:
The family of Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide in January weeks before he was due to face trial on data-theft charges, is asking a federal judge to order both the government and MIT to release documentation relating to his prosecution, including the names of law-enforcement and MIT officials actively involved in the case.
Through its lawyers, the Swartz family argues the public outcry and Congressional investigations into Swartz's prosecution require the release of the names to help determine what really happened and who was responsible.
Cambridge Police report the communications about an alleged rifleman in body armor at MIT on Saturday came via an "an internet relay" usually used to let people with hearing or speech impairments communicate:
The relay service used in this instance was a Sprint relay service, and a Sprint employee notified the police department of the conversation with the reporting party.
Early this morning, John Hawkinson tweeted:
Just saw a rabbit in Mid-Cambridge 20' off Mass Ave. When did this start?
Quite awhile ago, according to our go-to guy for matters Cantabrigian, Robert Winters:
There were rabbits sighted this past year off Harvard Street between Trowbridge & Ellery Sts. They're around.
Nat Tarbox adds:
WBUR posts a statement by US Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
Meanwhile, a California congresswoman is proposing changes to the law used to go after Swartz to try to keep anybody else from going through what he did.
Aaron Swartz, 26, who co-founded Reddit and who allegedly broke into an MIT wiring closet to download large numbers of academic articles from a non-profit database, committed suicide, the Tech reports.
Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig expresses his outrage at the Department of Justice's prosecution of the case even as the database's owner declined to press charges:
A roving UHub photographer captured the scene this morning at the Great Dome, where Pacman hopes to gobble up the energy pills while avoiding Blinky.
In a lawsuit filed yesterday, MIT and Children's Hospital charge Shire Regenerative Medicine's product aimed at people with diabetic foot ulcers violates patents they hold for building skin grafts on a polyester matrix.
The two local institutions say Shire's Dermagraft, in which cells from newborn foreskins are laid on a thin membrane to grow a layer of skin that are then applied atop the ulcers that some diabetic patients develop on their feet.
They're seeking tons of money for the injuries the alleged patent infrigement has done them.