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From Bar Codes to Smart Thermostats: A History of The Internet of Things

Networked devices and smart objects have become commonplace in today’s world, but what’s their back-story? At politico.com, reporter Danny Vink contacted technology pioneers for a history lesson on the Internet of Things. MIT’s director of digital learning, Sanjay Sarma, and Kevin Ashton, cofounder of MIT’s Auto-ID Center, offered some clues. Among the highlights from their […]
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Mujid Kazimi, leading educator and researcher in nuclear technology, dies at 67

Leader of efforts to design new fuel cycles for nuclear power plants had been on the faculty since 1976.
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MIT News Office

Working out in artificial gravity

A combination of exercise and artificial gravity may lessen negative effects of weightlessness in space.
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MIT News Office

Chemists design a quantum-dot spectrometer

New instrument is small enough to function within a smartphone, enabling portable light analysis.
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Sloan Spinout’s Camera-covered “Explorer” Peers into Unseen Areas

What’s better than eyeballs in the back of your head? How about eyes in a ball—one you can toss into a room ahead of you? A start-up launched by MIT Sloan alumnus Francisco Aguilar MBA ’12 is giving police officers and first responders a panoramic view of potentially dangerous situations before they enter. Aguilar’s invention, […]
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MIT Spectrum

Driverless Taxis Will Hit the Road in Singapore

What will the city of the future look like? According to researchers at MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, chances are good it will look a lot like Singapore, which may be less than a year away from unveiling a fleet of driverless taxis. Emilio Frazzoli PhD ’01 is the lead investigator of the urban mobility research […]
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I Raise My Glass To All Those Now Able To Celebrate Marriage — Filled With The Sweet, Sweet Liquor Of Scalia’s Tears

Via SCOTUSblog’s live blog of today’s decisions: Scalia’s dissent has an awesome footnote on page 7 (note 22): he says, “If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes […]
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The Inverse Square

We Have A Problem With Guns

The front page in today’s Charleston, S. C.’s hometown paper: It’s a little hard to read, but the sticker that partly obscures the headline about a mass shooting advertises the latest deal at a local gun store.  “$30 GETS YOU EVERYTHING” — all the goodies needed to have a fine time with your new weapon. […]
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Here Are the Most Memorable Game of Thrones Characters According to MIT Scientists

With the "Game of Thrones" season 5 finale airing this Sunday, MIT scientists have joined the discussion on controversial characters. (Who are you rooting for to take the Iron Throne?) Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial...
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The Tech

Smith’s address to graduates places ‘heart’ alongside mind and hand

By Katherine NazemiNEWS EDITOR Over 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students received their diplomas at this year’s Commencement ceremony on June 5. In all, the Institute awarded over 3,400 degrees.
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The Tech

State of New Jersey drops Tidbit inquiry

By William NavarreNEWS EDITOR The state of New Jersey has agreed to drop its investigation into Tidbit after previously issuing a subpoena to Jeremy Rubin ’16 requiring that he turn over the program’s source code, log files, and other information.
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The Tech

Student group funding to be halved during UA debt ‘crisis’

By William Navarre and Katherine NazemiNEWS EDITORS The UA has “run through its money” and has gone into debt. In the coming year, it will be forced to reduce its budget—much of which currently funds student groups—by approximately half.
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