"If we succeed, the world’s energy systems will be transformed,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Maria Zuber. "An entirely new industry may be seeded potentially with New England as its hub.”
Scout Cambridge reports on the use of technology based on the way geckos' feet work to cling to things to help a man climb up the EF building along the Charles in Cambridge.
No word how much the man who did the climb saved on his insurance.
Boston city councilors will study the implications of unleashing fleets of driverless cars on the mean streets of Boston - not just how they will fit in with all the Massholes out there but what the shift would mean for cab and ride-share drivers. Read more.
WBUR reports on the numerous Israeli cybersecurity companies that have set up shop in the Boston area of late - 35 years after Israeli Adi Shamir co-founded RSA Security based on work he and his co-founders did at MIT. RSA, now a subsidiary of Dell EMC, is based in Bedford.
Ed. note: I'm a member of Local Independent Online News Publishers, which explains the problems with the FCC's upcoming vote on repealing net neutrality - the idea that everybody should have equal access to Internet resources:
Repealing Net Neutrality would allow giant chain media to work in concert with internet conglomerates to limit access to independent, alternative, and local news sites, according to LION Publishers.
MIT said today it will replace its current Wright Brothers wind tunnel with a new, beefier Wright Brothers wind tunnel that will feature winds of up to 200 m.p.h., up from the current 150 m.p.h. and which could, among other things, aid in the development of new types of drones.
Boeing is helping to fund the project to replace the current wind tunnel, which has been in operation for 80 years now.
Shortly after 2 p.m., Scott noticed several people already in line outside the Apple store on Boylston Street for tomorrow's release of the iPhone Somedamnnumberorletter, which goes on sale tomorrow - including one person who brought her own reclining seat.
A federal appeals court ruled today that prosecutors can use eight child-porn files allegedly found on Alex Levin's computer as evidence against him even though a judge in Virginia should not have issued the search warrant used to authorize the software that linked him to one of the world's largest child-porn Web sites. Read more.
Sharon Machlis, who works on a Framingham events calendar, has created an Alexa "skill" that lets you find out what's going on in our soon-to-be-newest city 100% hands free: Read more.
The BPDA is looking to begin asking developers of large residential projects whether their buildings will give residents a choice of at least two ways to get broadband - including wirelessly. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court today rejected Yahoo's efforts to bar a dead man's brother and sister from seeing the contents of his inbox, at least under federal law. Still at issue, though: Whether a section of Yahoo's terms of service agreement lets it withhold the e-mail simply because it feels like it. Read more.
A man determined to torment a former roommate in Watertown used skills gained as a computer-science major and a professional software writer - along with some basic human engineering - to repeatedly target the woman, her family, her friends and her colleagues with sexually explicit messages, bomb threats to institutions in Waltham and Chelmsford made in their names, for some 18 months until his arrest last week, according to an affidavit by an FBI agent on the case. Read more.
Any idea where to bring 5" floppy disks to get text files?
Verizon announced today it will soon make its FiOS Internet/cable/phone service available in all of Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale and Roxbury, and in parts of South Boston, including the waterfront. Read more.
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