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Larry Linden: Big changes needed to avert possible climate “catastrophe”

Alumnus and prominent conservationist calls for carbon tax to combat global warming.
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MIT Spectrum

Control a Drone With Your Phone

Start-up Skydio wants to make piloting a drone as easy as launching an app on your iPhone. Cofounded by Adam Bry SM ’12, Matt Donahoe SM ’11, and Abe Bachrach SM ’09, PhD ’13, the company is developing a way to prevent drones from crashing and making them easier to control. Currently, drones rely on [...]
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New analysis explains collagen’s force

Experiments and simulations show that adding or removing water makes the material push and pull.
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MIT News Office

Telling stories using computer science

Senior Shannon Kao’s knack for storytelling informs her research in computer graphics.
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MIT Spectrum

A Wonder Material Waiting for its Moment to Shine

It’s been hailed in the media for its potential to change the world: graphene, a form of pure carbon, is the thinnest and strongest known material, and it conducts heat and electricity extraordinarily well. A recent article in the New Yorker takes a look at this seemingly miraculous substance and traces its slow progress from [...]
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What Could Possibly Go Wrong

When self selected vigilantes assaulting armed strangers in public spaces? Consider this incident: According to the Hillsborough  Sheriff’s Office, [African-American] 62-year-old Clarence Daniels was entering Walmart with his legally concealed firearm to buy coffee creamer on Tuesday when he was spotted by 43-year-old vigilante Michael Foster. Foster, who is white, had observed Daniels conceal the weapon under his […]
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Former Race Car Engineer Gives Fish a Lift

Jim Otten ’06 is chief engineer at Whooshh Innovations in Bellevue, Washington. His job is as cool as the company’s name: Whooshh specializes in creating transport systems—most notably, swooshing fish through tubes. The company’s proprietary “Salmon Cannon” helps these delicate creatures traverse dams (company motto: “we’ve got this dam thing figured out”) in a gentle, [...]
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Alumnus Samuel Tak Lee donates $118 million for Institute research

By Amy WangSTAFF REPORTER Samuel Tak Lee ’62 has made a $118 million donation to MIT, one of the largest in the Institute’s history, to promote real estate entrepreneurship.
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The Tech

Lewin Twitter contained sexual comments to fans

By Austin HessEDITOR IN CHIEF Walter Lewin, the former MIT professor with whom the Institute severed ties last month over a sexual harassment probe, appears to have publicly tweeted sexually suggestive and explicit comments to fans of his popular online physics lecture videos.
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The Tech

MIT and University of Cambridge to face off in “Cambridge v. Cambridge” hackathon

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and at the University of Cambridge in England will compete in a multi-day cybersecurity hackathon, President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday.
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Annals of Gobsmackery

Admittedly, he’s just trolling, but Dinesh D’Souza is a good troll.  I mean really:   If there is the slightest chance he actually believes he merits comparison to Dr. King, all I can say is wow, dude,  That’s some fine delusions of grandeur you got there. If in fact he is doing what I’m 99% sure he […]
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