An MIT spinoff is installing benches equipped with solar-powered phone chargers - and air-quality and noise monitors - in several parks, the mayor's office says.
Changing Environment's "soofa" benches are going into Titus Sparrow Park in the South End, the Common and the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
"Your cell phone doesnâ€™t just make phone calls, why should our benches just be seats?â€ť the mayor asks in a statement.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that, in certain circumstances, ordering a criminal defendant to decrypt password-protected computer files is not a violation of his rights under federal and state rights against self incrimination.
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Harry McCracken reports Computerworld, long based in Framingham, is giving up print next week, although it will live on as a Web site.
Using Oculus Rift headsets, hopefully in the area of Kenmore Square, the Boston Business Journal reports.
A woman who bought shares in biotech startup OvaScience, which is investigating a way to treat infertility in older women, charges the company withheld the information the FDA was going to make it hard for the company to conduct human trials on its method, causing her and other investors to lose lots of money when the news finally came out.
Miriam Ratner is seeking to become lead plaintiff against the company, in a class-action lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Cambridge.
The Globe has a sausage-factory look at how MIT beat back the Obama administration and won funding for its fusion reactor, at least through 2016.
The Boston Business Journal reports on secret efforts by state and city officials to lure a "major life sciences company" to the city. How secret? They've even got a code name for the project.
The theory is that the bacteria digest the stuff that makes us stink and help ward off more harmful bacteria that find easier pickings on the skin of people who use soaps that remove the more helpful parts of our "human skin biome."
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There's an app for that, developed by a Rockland pharmacist.
You never know what you'll find for sale at the MIT Flea. Today, Turlach MacDonagh found this 1964 Gemini capsule, available for just $65,000.
Copyright Turlach MacDonagh. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
The Harvard Gazette reports on work by Harvard researchers to try to figure out why young mice are more vibrant than their grandparents.
Although, yes, it's true, one of their studies basically involved sending young blood coursing through old blood vessels - in mice that had their blood systems connected - the real key seems to be one specific protein. The other study showed similar Cocoon-like results when the oldsters were injected with just that protein, GDF11, the Gazette reports.
Greg Cook reports on the Autonomous Fighting Robot Challenge at the Middle East today:
[I]n just two weeks, eight teams attempted to design, fabricate and build autonomous robots that would kill their opponents.
The Daily Free Press reports on a hearing yesterday on a proposal by City Councilor Charles Yancey to ban the sort of research BU wants to do on the world's deadliest microorganisms at its South End research lab.
The mayor's office today announced a renamed and expanded wireless network which is aimed at providing free Internet access to residents and which could eventually wirelessly cover the city's 20 "Main Street" neighborhood commercial areas.
Already, an average of 9,800 people a day are using Wicked Free WiFi in Grove Hall, Mayor Walsh says.
The order may also be the first WiFi'ing of the young Walsh administration - it came just a few hours after at-large Councilor Michelle Wu called for opening up city data.