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.Read more

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.Read more

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.Read more

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

By - 7/19/11 - 11:42 pm

The indictment against Aaron Swartz on charges he used MIT networks to download 4.7 million documents from an online database of academic papers has some details of interest to net geeks, such as his use of pseudonyms like "Gary Host" and "Grace Host" (because he was using a "ghost" laptop, which he might have bought at Micro Center) and his preference for the Python...Read more

By - 7/19/11 - 1:30 pm

The Times reports Aaron Swartz, 24, was indicted today on charged he broke into an MIT wiring closet - physically breaking in, with his own hands - then using a network connection there to grab copies of documents from JSTOR, which sells online access to academic publications.

Swartz is a co-founder of Reddit, a geeky social network with an active Boston community....Read more

By - 6/13/11 - 5:11 pm

Via PC World, which notes:

Mario is currently working with other students and professors to program PR2 so it can wipe down the table and put the baking sheet in the oven.

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By - 5/15/11 - 12:08 pm

Tinker Ready notes some MIT facts left out of today's Globe circular on MIT's 150th anniversary.Read more

By - 5/8/11 - 7:59 am

Spectral barge

Nathanael Hevelone attended SkyArt, part of MIT's 150th anniversary celebrations, on Saturday. Historygradguy was also there.


More SkyArt photos.

Copyright Nathanael Hevelone and Historygradguy, respectively. Posted in the Universal...Read more

By - 4/8/11 - 10:41 am

This morning, Jeannie Vincent reported a traffic jam on Storrow Drive that suddenly ended around Fenway with no evidence of an accident.

If she'd been across the river on Mem. Drive, she could have stopped into the MIT mathematics department, where some researchers spent a fair amount of time studying these phantom traffic jams - and the way they're caused by waves they've dubbed...Read more

By - 3/29/11 - 7:10 am

The Tech reports a hapless laptop thief got only bruises for his efforts yesterday afternoon:

Wesley D. Graybill said that he saw the suspect making a dash for the exit, jumped in front of him, and slammed him into the wall. The suspect slipped by, but Graybill chased him down and was able to pull him to the ground. The researcher caught up and

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By - 3/1/11 - 7:01 am

The Tech reports a man who may have fallen two stories inside an atrium at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Complex was taken to Mass. General with "a major head injury."Read more

By - 12/24/10 - 11:49 am

MIT charges a Littleton startup failed to pay licensing fees for three of its patents, so now it wants a judge to order the company to stop using them - and pay the fees.

It's MIT's second suit this month against Still River Systems. Last week, MIT sued Still River to force it to add an MIT researcher to a patent used for...Read more