The Tech reports on the annual Ig Nobel awards in Cambridge. Winners got $10 trillion - in Zimbabwean currency.
Melanie McCue noticed the Doctor dropped in on MIT today.
The Tech reports on the quiet end to the suit by two volunteers cleaning up the Charles who received some nasty burns when they dragged up a block of sodium that then exploded in 2007 (three other volunteers were also burned). Dropping sodium blocks in the Charles had been a big fave among MIT student who like watching things explode.
Ooh, so she posed for a Polaroid to help shill for what's left of the company and MIT's giant collection of Polaroidiana. Whup.
Has she ever urged her listeners to shake it, shake it like a Polaroid picture?
Didn't think so.
I'm writing to invite you to the Ford Hall Forum for a talk titled "The Emerging Fifth Estate - Can the likes of Twitter, YouTube, and other social networks help solve real government problems?"
The talk is this Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Main Function Room, Suffolk University Law School. Admission is Free.
More questions than answers at this point, the Tech reports.
It's not every day you get to see a laser show at the Cambridge Public Library, but that is exactly the event that will kick off the 4th Annual Cambridge Science Festival.
The festival will run from April 24-May 2, 2010, with hundreds of events taking place throughout Cambridge. Organized by MIT, the festival will feature over 200 workshops, demonstrations, behind-the-scenes tours, talks, performances and more, open to the public, and almost all of it free. The idea behind the festival is to make science and technology accessible and fun for people of all ages and backgrounds. It all kicks off with a free Science Carnival featuring a specially commissioned laser show and 89 booths of fun experiments and demonstrations for all ages, Saturday, April 24th, 12pm-4pm, Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. Laser show begins at Noon.
Other highlights of this year's festival include:
â€śBig Ideas for Busy Peopleâ€ť on Festival Eve, April 23rd. This free event is a short series of talks on mind-bending concepts from leading local researchers in a variety of scientific fields.
An MIT freshman apparently trying to get on the roof of MIT's homage to Dr. Seuss by climbing a ladder up to a hatch instead fell a floor and lay there overnight until a janitor found him early Thursday, the Tech reports:
His legs were seriously injured, he had signs of hypothermia, and he was taken by ambulance to a hospital. On Thursday night, he was in the intensive care unit at Cambridge Hospital.
The Tech adds:
There is no evidence that the student was hacking.
The Tech, the student paper at MIT, is currently giving away sex toys (DO NOT CLICK if you are at work, unless you work at an adult bookstore).
President Obama comes to town for two appearances - a speech at noon at MIT's Kresge Auditorium on clean energy, followed by a limo ride over to the Westin Copley Place to have lunch with pal Deval Patrick, who is running for re-election next year.
The Tech reports MIT has changed the route of some of its student shuttle buses because of complaints from Back Bay residents about squeaky buses rattling their windows.
Ed. copy desk note: I'm betting the "Congress representative Martin Walsh" the Tech refers to is really state Rep. Marty Walz.
Michael McGraw-Herdeg at MIT dissects the Globe's widely disseminated story about the experiment to use Facebook to check somebody's sexual orientation: The story doesn't mention that the experiment was done back in 2007 until 944 words in and the basic technique has been in use for at least six years now:
... Johnson quotes a 2009 conference paper where scientists warn: "Using friends in classifying people has to be treated with care," because the classifications can be weak. Sounds like someone ought to check this against the social-network-terrorist-sniffers whose software has, the [Wall Street] Journal reports, "foiled a Pakistani suicide bombing plot on Western targets and discovered a spy infiltration of an allied government." ...