The Harvard Gazette reports Harvard and MIT boffins are using the database of Google Street Views to show how cities' landscapes are changing. And South Boston's W. 1 Street is one of their examples.
As a leading consumer of energy, transportation has risen to the forefront of discussion when developing a sustainable future. Boston has several sustainability initiatives underway, including the MBTA’s Environmental Management System (EMS), which has been in place since 2004, and Boston’s Complete Streets Program, a collaborative effort to design sustainable transportation networks. However, social, technological, and economic issues hinder the implementation of practical, sustainable transport.
At lunchtime today, I went to purchase my July commuter rail pass. The Charlie sales machine in the State Transportation Buliding accepts only credit or debit cards - which doesn't make sense, given that the machine is in the STB where many tourists congregate and where the T has its administrative offices - and is clearly marked as so (see first photo).
So I tap the "Purchase Charlie Ticket" button, and immediately get a flashing message "Sorry No Credit Or Debit Cards Accepted." (see second photo)
The Globe reports MIT researchers have developed pastas that can change their shapes when water is added.
It took more than seven years, but a federal judge in Boston today ruled that a former Boston Phoenix subsidiary that outlasted the alt-media company does not own the rights to methods for creating and securing Web pages out of information uploaded by users. Read more.
Oliver had a couple of choice words for the WGBH host on his way to making a point about net neutrality.
WBUR reports the city has let a Cambridge company piloting driverless cars expand its testbed to include much of the South Boston Waterfront and Fort Point.
State Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-1st Essex and Middlesex) has filed a bill that would bar Internet service providers from selling customers' Internet browsing and connection data to third parties without the customers' consent.
Tarr's bill would also bar the companies from charging customers a fee to keep their data private.
A Brookline company that has figured out how to beam mobile-phone ads at people in very specific geographic locations today agreed not to use the technology to target people sitting in Massachusetts health facilities. Read more.
A Brighton company that says it was inspired by an African desert beetle says it's come up with a substance that can make materials, such as the surface of soccer balls, repel water, dirt, mud and ice, the Boston Business Journal reports.
The NBD in NBD Nanotechnologies stands for for "Namib Beetle Design:"
[O]ur company was inspired by the Namib Desert Beetle, an insect that is able to harvest fog in the desert by alternating hydrophobic and hydrophilic regimes on its back. This beetle has evolved to drink 12% of its weight in water via mastering surface wettability to thrive in the desert.
Xconomy reports Boston (and New York) saw its weakest quarterly increase in tech jobs in five years in the last quarter of 2016.
MIT and a group called Conservation International yesterday announced a program to look at ways to use nature to help fight climate change:
The collaboration brings together MIT’s technical, scientific, and engineering expertise with Conservation International’s expansive environmental programs, to look for ways that forests, coastal ecosystems, and urban areas can be managed to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
The collaboration launches today with a one-day hackathon at MIT that invites participants to team up on ideation and early-state design of nature-based, technologically savvy solutions to climate challenges in developing world communities. The collaboration will involve MIT students in CI’s international fieldwork and will initially include four joint research projects in which scientists will focus directly on climate challenges already having an impact in places such as the Philippines and the Amazon Basin.
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans announced tonight that he has canceled plans to buy software that would let the department monitor social media for potential public-safety threats and ferret out Internet-based crimes because the offerings the department was considering are overkill and raised privacy issues. Read more.
Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.