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By adamg - 3/20/24 - 10:52 am

MIT News reports on experiments that showed that amino acids, a key building block of life on earth, might be able to survive in the sulfuric-acid clouds that make up the atmosphere on Venus. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/24 - 9:54 am

Two MIT students and a pro-Israel group from California yesterday sued MIT on charges it has allowed protests over the Israeli war in Gaza to blossom into full-blown anti-Semitic threats against Jewish students and professors. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/23 - 8:03 am

Cambridge Day reports MIT is fighting Eversource over underground power cables the utility wants to install beneath MIT as part of its plans for a new Binney Street substation. In filings with the state, MIT goes so far as to say the work could kill the school, because it could disrupt the arteries that radiate out from the school's "heart" - a central utility plant that feeds vital electricity, steam and water across the campus.

By adamg - 9/27/23 - 9:40 am

MIT News reports on research by an MIT linguistics professor and one of his students on an emerging phrase in English: "Whom of which." Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/23 - 11:37 am

The Boston Licensing Board on Thursday decides whether Royale, 279 Tremont St., could have done anything to prevent rising tensions over the impending World Cup final from boiling over into a fight between two students at MIT's Sloan School to Management students that, unlike the soccer match, ended with the French victorious. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/23 - 10:25 pm
Custom House in the torrent

Custom House in the torrent. Photo by Matt Frank. See it larger.

Sarah Wroblewski reports Boston got nearly two inches of rain out of tonight's storm, more than local storm drains and roads could handle in a short amount of time. Some trees came down after being hit by lightning. Read more.

By adamg - 7/21/23 - 1:17 pm

MIT News details some of the work required to move decades worth of artifacts from the old MIT Museum to its new digs last fall - and some of the surprising things curators found:

Among the surprises was something that the collection database described simply as a brick. “I noticed it because I tried to move it and it was a lot heavier than I thought it would be,” says Pierri. She discovered that the “brick” was part of a graphite rod created for the world's first human-made self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction ...

By adamg - 6/15/23 - 12:46 pm

MIT News reports on work by MIT researchers to develop metal-free electrodes, which could one day replace thin metal electrodes to send electrical impulses to various organs - which work, but sometimes at the cost of scarring and inflammation, which are good for neither patients nor the systems. Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/23 - 2:55 pm

A high-pressure gas main ruptured in the area of 300 Main St. around 2 p.m., forcing the evacuation of MIT buildings E19, E28, and E38 and the shutdown of the Kendall Square Red Line station - which led the T to swap in shuttle buses between Harvard and Park. Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/23 - 2:10 pm
MIT tweet with a blue checkmark saying MIT did not pay for that checkmark

See that blue checkmark at the top of that tweet? Twitter now charges $8 a month for that ($1,000 a month for organizations), and removed them last week from most of the previously checkmarked people and groups who got them for free by proving they were somehow notable. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/23 - 9:57 am

MIT News reports researchers may have figured out how to keep algae from growing on glass surfaces: Coat the glass with "a material that can hold an electrostatic charge, and then applying a very small voltage to that layer," which in turn repels the algae, which have a negative charge on their cell surfaces. Read more.

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.

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