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." ...
Joel Brown previews "Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze," a one-woman show in Central Square this September by a woman who majored in math there.
Jessica Fargen at the Herald interviews a member of
the League of Extraordinary Busybodies the MIT Crime Club, who, you may recall, hired a private eye to get arrested investigate the Harvard murder house and who say they were only trying to help out their cousins over at the Crimson end of town:
"It's about us giving them the ability to promote security without having to take the heat for it. We take the heat," said 1987 MIT graduate James Herms, who described the MIT group as campus crimestoppers.
MIT Police report on an incident Monday night involving six banditos in bandanas buzzed into a dormitory by a student expecting visitors:
An MIT officer followed the fleeing white Mitsubishi as it drove along Memorial Drive and several other streets before hitting a parked car, at which time all suspects exited the vehicle and fled the scene. Massachusetts State Police and Boston Police assisted in searching the area to no avail.
One of the suspects failed to pull up his bandana, was described as Asian, heavyset, with short cropped hair.
Well, maybe "atop" is too strong a word, since it's not actually at the very top, but, still, it's not every day you see a Red Line car that far off the ground.
The Tech reports a dorm's attempt to drum up publicity for a party by leaving a large concrete "bomb" on a lawn outside resulted in a visit from the actual Cambridge bomb squad:
On Friday morning, students watched as bomb squad members sent a robot to inspect the concrete block, which was painted black with "DTYD" written in orange letters. A man in a protective suit inspected the block up close. A small explosive charge was detonated near the block.