MIT

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By - 12/4/12 - 6:51 am

The MIT Tech provides the most detailed explanation you'll ever read of last week's Cambridge blackout, including an answer to the question:

Why didn't MIT's 20 megawatt cogeneration turbine power the campus like a lighthouse in a sea of Cantabrigian darkness?

By - 11/27/12 - 10:25 am

The story behind HoboJacket, in which the author spends most of his time discussing how he built the site and ends with a comparison to Mark Zuckerberg (note to kid: He went to, um, Harvard). Among the valuable life lessons he learned from making bums/Caltech the butt of his joke:

By - 11/10/12 - 1:49 pm

BocaNewsNow reports a woman in Boca Raton was initially turned away from the polls because she was wearing an MIT shirt.

BocaNewsNow.com has heard from multiple sources that an election supervisor at the polling place ultimately realized that MIT stands for “Massachusetts Institute of Technology” — a school where students tend to know how to spell — and was not a campaign shirt for the Republican candidate, who spells his name MITT.

By - 10/30/12 - 8:29 am

And that answer is paintballs:

Sung Wook Paek SM '12, a graduate student in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, says if timed just right, pellets full of paint powder, launched in two rounds from a spacecraft at relatively close distance, would cover the front and back of an asteroid, more than doubling its reflectivity, or albedo. The initial force from the pellets would bump an asteroid off course; over time, the sun's photons would deflect the asteroid even more.

By - 10/29/12 - 10:22 am

Oculus workers

A roving UHub photographer couldn't believe it when she saw workers at the top of the Great Dome, working on the tarp covering the oculus being installed there:

Seems that they've decided at the 11th hour to remove the tarp. Scaffold contractor is up there trying to remove it. I'm praying for these guys. Not good conditions to put it mildly.

By - 10/19/12 - 7:55 am

The Tech reports how MIT didn't wait for a subpoena to give federal investigators detailed network information in their probe of a guy charged with downloading millions of documents from a paid database after allegedly breaking into an MIT wiring closet.

By - 9/28/12 - 9:27 am

Great Dome at night, when an oculus wouldn't do much good. Photo by Ali Almossawi.Dome at night; not much use for oculus then. Photo by Ali Almossawi. Used under this CC license.

By - 5/19/12 - 4:12 pm

MIT yesterday sued two TV makers for refusing to pay licensing fees on digital-television patents it was granted in the 1990s.

In lawsuits against Funai - which makes Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania, Emerson, Funai, and Symphonic products - and Vizio - MIT says it held four patents at the heart of American digital television and that it's owed licensing fees and penalties because the two companies refused to buy licenses for the technologies, unlike other makers of TVs and Blu-ray players.

By - 5/7/12 - 1:05 pm

Channel 5 reports male mice fed yogurt gained shinier coats, bulgier testicles and just a more Tony Manero-like outlook on life:

"You know when someone's at the top of their game, how they carry themselves differently? Well, imagine that in a mouse."

By - 5/4/12 - 9:14 am

The Tech reports on MIT's latest plans for the area around its campus, from extending the Infinite Corridor to building a new residential tower on Sidney Street. Also in the works: A "river walk" from Kendall Square to the Charles.

By - 4/20/12 - 10:26 pm

Matt Saunders took this video of the Tetris game on the side of the Green building tonight (via Jessica).

Photo.

By - 4/17/12 - 5:26 pm

Isaac Diaz looked out his window at work today and spotted something unusual at the Stata Center.

By - 4/15/12 - 9:54 pm

At the MIT Flea.

Turlach MacDonagh took in the first MIT Flea of the season (more info on the Flea).

By - 4/4/12 - 9:38 pm

Mass High Tech reports.

Wait! Printable robots or printer robots?Wait! Printable robots or printer robots?

By - 3/31/12 - 2:38 pm

Poetry in motion.

Richard Beaubien is talking photos this weekend at the first teen Louder than a Bomb Massachusetts poetry slam at MIT. He reports the scene above is a "cypher:"

Someone starts slamming out a poem then they tag someone else - on and on it goes.

By - 3/25/12 - 11:02 am

Just ask the Globe-ish The Next Great Generation, which quotes an MIT freshman on how awesome it is that MIT is powered by its own nuclear reactor.

Although it's true MIT does have its own reactor (conveniently located just off Mass. Ave.), Cambridge City Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom tweets this morning:

WRONG! MIT doesn't power the campus with nuclear power!!

By - 3/16/12 - 6:45 am

Sometime in the early 1960s, MIT professor Kevin Lynch mounted a camera on a car and compiled a time-lapse movie of the trip.

The page says 1958, but the movie shows the JFK Building and the Pru tower, which didn't go up until later.

By - 2/11/12 - 9:29 am

Electronics Weekly reports researchers at MIT have managed to stuff an electrode into a moth that can be used to control the moth's behavior:

"This is a major advance," says insect neurobiologist Roy Ritzmann at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. DARPA hopes this kind of control will one day allow intelligence agencies to use insects to carry surveillance equipment and spy on unsuspecting enemies.

By - 1/19/12 - 7:29 am

ThinkProgress reports on the "frenzy of hate" surrounding Kerry Emanuel, director of MIT’s Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate program, who dared to challenge the position of Republican presidential candidates on climate change.

Via Blue Mass. Group.

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