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By adamg - 3/16/23 - 1:24 pm

MIT News reports on work by some researchers at the school to develop little flitty flying automatons that can overcome damage to their artificial wing muscles and wings - sometimes through use of a tiny little laser. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/23 - 5:12 pm

Cambridge Police report arresting a local 15-year-old this morning for what they say was a series of incidents Saturday that started with him stealing an unlocked BMW at a Brookline clothing store and ended with him nearly ramming three MIT students - just after he'd stopped near them to ditch the dog that was in the car - police say. Read more.

By adamg - 2/24/23 - 9:42 am

MIT News recounts the story of the Roxbury Photographers Training Program, the subject of an exhibit at the MIT Museum.

The studio in the heart of Roxbury included a darkroom and a gallery. Students were well supplied with film and photographic equipment, with support from Polaroid Corporation.

By adamg - 1/4/23 - 4:06 pm

Updated with latest account from Cambridge PD.

A Cambridge police officer fatally shot a local man police say was advancing on him and other officers with a large knife after leading them on a foot chase for several blocks and after a "less lethal" projectile failed to stop him, Cambridge Police say. Read more.

By adamg - 12/12/22 - 11:36 am
Sign announcing retirement and restaurant closing on door of Mary Chung

Drew Starr reports that Mary Chung's eponymous restaurant will serve its last meal on Dec. 31. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/22 - 5:07 pm

Cambridge City Councilor Burhan Azeem reports that in the face of campus uproar - as well as lobbying by him and Ari Ofsevit - MIT has decided it won't be locking the public off from as many of its buildings as it had announced a few months ago, and will lower the drawbridges on its libraries and will eventually remove the turnstiles that had blocked non-'Tute access to the fabled Infinite Corridor. Read more.

By adamg - 9/14/22 - 9:22 am

Live Boston reports that Boston, state and federal bomb squads swarmed local college campuses this morning to check for the sorts of devices that sent a Northeastern professor to the hospital last night after he opened a hardened case with a bomb inside. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/22 - 10:59 am

MIT News reports an MIT-designed device, known as the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, or MOXIE, has been generating oxygen on Mars since April, 2021, about two months after it landed there with the Perseverance rover.

By adamg - 7/23/22 - 10:48 pm
Wakandans on the Mass. Ave. Bridge

Ben Brophy couldn't help but notice the prominent role the Mass. Ave. Bridge plays in the new "Wakanda Forever" trailer.

Nick Quaranto noticed a lost looking Bilbo, um, Martin Freeman, on the bridge: Read more.

By adamg - 6/21/22 - 9:23 am

Robotic lightning bugs

Researchers intrigued by the way fireflies signal each other at night have built robotic analogs the weight of paperclips, MIT News reports.

The tiny artificial muscles that control the robots’ wings emit colored light during flight.

This electroluminescence could enable the robots to communicate with each other. If sent on a search-and-rescue mission into a collapsed building, for instance, a robot that finds survivors could use lights to signal others and call for help.

By adamg - 5/12/22 - 12:20 pm

MIT News reports researchers at MIT and the Technical University of Munich have developed a tiny fuel cell that could convert glucose in a person's body into electricity - just the thing for powering various medical implants. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/22 - 11:07 am

They did it, of course, for science: MIT News reports physics students who puzzled over why the cream in an Oreo tends to stick to just one wafer when you unscrew it not only developed a device to apply different amounts of force to the unscrewing process but realized they had a good experiment for hands-on rheology: "The study of how a non-Newtonian material flows when twisted, pressed, or otherwise stressed." Read more

By adamg - 4/11/22 - 12:05 pm

Ian Cheeseman recounts the story of MIT's Banana Lounge, which has been providing free bananas to the MIT community since 2018.

Thus far, 284,000 bananas have been consumed for the 2021/22 academic year. They get bananas delivered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with ~48 crates each time.

By adamg - 2/26/22 - 12:31 am

GBH reports MIT decided Russian blood money just wasn't worth it.

By adamg - 1/20/22 - 10:28 am

The US Attorney's office today dropped wire-fraud and other charges against an MIT professor who had been facing up to 20 years in prison in a case brought in the waning days of the Trump administration and its efforts to go after China. Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/22 - 12:15 am

The Forward reports on the unusual educational background of Aafia Siddiqui, currently serving an 86-year term in a federal prison hospital in Ft. Worth, TX for shooting at American soldiers who had brought her in for questioning in Afghanistan. Read more.

By adamg - 1/7/22 - 4:40 pm
Snow penis

Update: The frat brothers have taken their giant snow penis down.

A concerned citizen recovers with the help of some smelling salts and files a 311 complaint about the giant male genitals the brothers of MIT's Theta Tau fraternity erected outside their frat house at 526 Beacon St., near Charlesgate, today. Read more.

By adamg - 12/20/21 - 12:38 pm

MIT News reports 'Tute engineers have created a single-strand lithium-ion battery fiber 140 meters long. Read more.

By adamg - 12/16/21 - 9:32 am

The Harvard Crimson reports Harvard had 195 new Covid-19 cases over the past week, the highest number of the pandemic so far. Read more.

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