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).

Copyright Turlach MacDonagh. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

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

Mass High Tech reports.

Wait! Printable robots or printer robots?Wait! Printable robots or printer robots?... Read more

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.

Copyright Richard Beaubien. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

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!!

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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

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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.... Read more

By - 1/11/12 - 8:10 am

The Tech reports an MIT professor thinks the USPS can reinvent and save itself - and the jobs of tens of thousands of workers - by getting into the field of e-mail management and helping companies deal with the never ceasing barrage of electronic messaging:

Ayyadurai believes the USPS can provide a service that will help companies become more efficient at managing their own

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By - 12/13/11 - 7:42 am

The Tech reports on an assault in Tang Hall that ended with the unkissed man leaving with a bottle of water.

By - 11/25/11 - 9:39 am

Mass. High Tech reports researchers at MIT may have figured out the first step in building all-optical microchips - using garnet - which could mean faster computing.

By - 11/10/11 - 4:25 pm

MIT's Infinite Corridor will be alligned with the sun tomorrow, on 11-11-11. The allignment happens a couple of times each year.

No word if the sun will be turned up to 11 for the event.

By - 11/4/11 - 11:19 am

MIT banner

Any HTML/XML geek will grok, of course, that the giant banner at MIT means the end of NovemberRule. But as Melanie McCue, who took the photo, explains, it takes an eager beaver to know the full meaning of the banner unfurled on Tuesday at 77 Massachusetts Ave.:... Read more

By - 8/31/11 - 10:32 am

A $350,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant will let the Boston Public Library and MIT mount a traveling exhibition of the work of Rafael Guastavino, whose "thoughtful design of public spaces transformed American architecture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries:"

Guastavino and his family invented a colorful tiling that is lightweight, attractive, fireproof, and virtually indestructible. Excellent examples of his work

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By - 8/23/11 - 9:47 am

Technology Review reports that some researchers at MIT and UMass Amherst have developed a system for keeping hackers from interfering with implanted medical devices.

Yes, it's another hacking threat you didn't know existed: Modern pacemakers and defibrillators, insulin pumps and cochlear implants have wireless systems for uploading patient data to doctors and downloading new directions, and some experts have begun to worry what... Read more

By - 8/10/11 - 10:58 am

The drugs, which are still a long way away from human testing, let alone the market, work by latching onto a form of RNA only generated by viruses inside living cells and signalling those cells to kill themselves, MIT reports:

"In theory, it should work against all viruses," says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory's Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group

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By - 8/3/11 - 11:13 pm

Big-ass boiler

Rachel captured the Big-Ass Boiler of MIT on Putnam Street as it made its way under cover of darkness from the Arlington parking lot where it had sat since last Thursday to its ultimate home providing hot water for the Institute.

Apparently unable to convince Somerville... Read more

By - 7/31/11 - 6:14 pm

A man stopped to marvel at the big-ass boiler sitting in a drug-store parking lot.A man stopped to marvel at the big-ass boiler sitting in a drug-store parking lot.

We weren't the only ones who took a swing... Read more

By - 7/29/11 - 10:34 pm

Truckers trying to deliver an oversize boiler to MIT have instead been forced to cool their heels in Arlington because Somerville officials are refusing to allow the wide load on their streets. reports that at one point Thursday, 20 Arlington and Cambridge police and state troopers were on scene at Mass. Ave. in Arlington near the Cambridge line to escort a mini-convoy -... Read more