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Think Your Final Exams Were Hard? This One Involves a Sledgehammer.

“My philosophy with engineering is that it’s best learned in the context of how you’d practice it,” says Martin Culpepper, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. To that end, he makes sure that students taking 2.72 Elements of Mechanical Design, not only build a working lathe but create a budget and schedule for […]
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Visualizing the abstract: A life in computer science

Senior Walter Menendez applies dynamic visuals to conceptual datasets.
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The Tech

Defense plays down prosecutors' image of 'unrepenting' Tsarnaev flashing middle finger

By Ray Wang and Drew BentASSOCIATE NEWS EDITORS Jurors saw a new face of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the opening statements of the marathon bombing trial’s penalty phase on Tuesday, when the government showed a photo of Tsarnaev flashing his middle finger at a holding cell camera shortly after his arrest two years ago.
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The Tech

Grad students lobby for research funding in Washington

By Rohan BanerjeeSTAFF REPORTER A delegation of 23 graduate students visited members of Congress in March to lobby for increased federal funding for scientific research. Their visit to Washington marked MIT’s ninth year participating in the annual Science-Engineering-Technology Congressional Visits Day.
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The Tech

Tell Me About Your Day tackles mental health with conversation

By Patricia Z. DominguezNEWS EDITOR TMAYD, a student initiative that aims to get more students talking to and supporting each other, has gained momentum and funding since its inception following the deaths of freshmen Matthew L. Nehring and Christina E. Tournant earlier this semester.
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Cloud security reaches silicon

System for defending against memory-access attacks implemented in chips.
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Magnifying vibrations in bridges and buildings

Researchers apply computer vision technique to see tiny vibrations in large structures.
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MIT Unveils the Future of Smart Furniture With a Self-Assembling Table

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab has been developing and experimenting with brilliant products “aimed at reimagining construction, manufacturing, product assembly and performance.” The lab has researched areas such as bimolecular self-assembly, 4-D...
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Turing Award Celebrates the Base of Modern Databases

Michael Stonebraker started working with big data long before anyone called it that. Now the MIT adjunct professor is receiving what’s known in the field as the “Nobel Prize in Computing,” the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A. M. Turing Award, for his career of “fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database […]
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MIT Spectrum

Physicist and Novelist Alan Lightman Looks Back on a Decade of Science on Stage

For a decade, Catalyst Collaborative @MIT (CC@MIT) has convened scientists and theater artists searching for common ground and, in a partnership between MIT and nearby Central Square Theater (CST), has brought those conversations to life for the wider community. Resident CST troupes Underground Railway Theater and the Nora Theatre Company have produced at least one […]
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The Inverse Square

The War At Home

Via Vox, this information and chart on death-by-cop: A huge majority of the more than 5,600 deaths on the map are from gunshots, which is hardly surprising given that guns are so deadly compared to other tools used by police. There are also a lot of noticeable fatalities from vehicle crashes, stun guns, and asphyxiations. […]
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The Inverse Square

Appomattox Day

On which that genteel butcher Bobby Lee, surrendered the treasonous Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant. Grant’s terms have generally been regarded as generous, to the point that the military leaders of the rebellion were spared the threat of criminal trials for the actions in defiance of properly constituted Federal authority.  Looking forward, not […]
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