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.... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
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... Read more
The Tech reports that two MIT police officers were put on leave without pay for throwing roughly 300 copies of the paper in a recycling bin, apparently out of anger that the paper had reported on the arrest of an MIT cop on drug charges in East Boston.
Wait, MIT students still get their news on paper?
City, state and federal agents today arrested an MIT police officer after watching him get out of his cruiser and take delivery of a package stuffed with OxyContin and Roxycodone tablets, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Joseph D'Amelio, 38, was arrested, while still in uniform, around 6 p.m. at Advanced Automotive on London... Read more
The Tech reports on what was no doubt an epic battle of wits at MIT the other night:
... Leighton arranged two 9" by 10" triangular pastries into a 90 square inch rectangle, shifted them diagonally, and sliced off the protruding two trangular corners to form two new baby hamentashen.
If hamentashen can keep growing and reproducing, he said, their exponential growth could solve... Read more
The Tech reports two people were mugged on the MIT campus on Sunday. The perps are described as four black males, between 20 and 25, wearing puffy black jackets:
... In the second robbery, outside the Media Lab, the student walked through the group of four perpetrators, one of whom grabbed the victim. Once grabbed, the victim was held "in a choke hold" and... Read more
MIT Police report one student used her Dunkin' Donuts card to unlock the door to the admissions office earlier this month. Unfortunately, for her, that also set off an alarm that brought campus police to investigate:
... The Dunkin Donuts card was retrieved from her backpack and she identified it as the tool she used to slip the lock on the door. ...
She... Read more
Maureen Rogers implores MIT to stay true to its nerdy ways:
... My MIT buds were just unfailingly smart and interesting, though. And really good at their jobs.
Frankly, I don't see the attempts to normalize MIT will get all that far. After all, even the sex advice column in the newspaper is called "Talk Nerdy to Me." ...
Here's a good reason to secure your wireless internet. Hari Balakrishnan and Samuel Madden have been helping themselves to your WiFi to collect traffic data, a lucrative commercial field. They've been doing it for more than a year, rather than pay for internet connectivity like everyone else.... Read more
The Globe reports that Frank Wilczek, a Nobel-winning physicist at MIT, has been getting death threats because he's publicly said he doesn't think the world will actually end tomorrow when Europeans turn on the world's largest particle collider.
Wilczek is discussing his new book, on the latest advances in physics, tonight, at the Harvard Bookstore.