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A Recipe for Stronger, More Environmentally Friendly Concrete

MIT researchers have come up with a new chemical formula for cement that could reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of concrete production by more than half. That’s big news for the health of the planet, since the billions of tons of concrete produced each year contribute as much as one-tenth of global greenhouse gas emissions. [...]
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Can the U.S. and Russia make more progress on nuclear security?

State Department official lauds enforcement of New START Treaty, but cites need for more work.
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A bumper crop you shouldn’t bump

Sales at the annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch cover the yearly expenses of the MIT Glass Lab.
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Judi Segall starts as ombudsperson

By Amy Wang On Sept. 2, Judi Segall was welcomed in as MIT’s newest ombudsperson. In her new role, she will serve as a confidential resource to the MIT community by helping visitors attempt to constructively and peacefully resolve conflicts.
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The Tech

Portions of SidPac to close for repairs

By Tushar KamathNEWS EDITOR Sidney-Pacific, MIT’s largest singles graduate dormitory, will undergo renovations starting this coming summer to replace the main heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. As a result, sections of the building will be temporarily closed for renewal, displacing 370 residents from their rooms to other ends of the dormitory, off-campus, or elsewhere in the graduate dormitory system.
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The Tech

Sarkis named dean of School of Architecture and Planning

Hashim Sarkis, practicing architect and current Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), was named the tenth dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P). His appointment begins in January, formally succeeding Professor Adele Naude Santos.
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Microscopic “walkers” find their way across cell surfaces

Technology could provide a way to deliver probes or drugs to cell structures without outside guidance.
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Coding Towards Vietnam: edX in Translation

Guest post by Joe McGonegal. This story was originally published on the Slice of MIT blog on September 29, 2014. The first edX course that Minh-Tue Vo ’14 took was Street Fighting Math. A seven-week problem-solving course, 6.5FMx focuses on tackling math problems with reasoning and analogy on the fly. Vo liked it so much [...]
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The Inverse Square

Winner Of The “I Need A (Chocolate) Cigarette After Reading That” Award

Chris Kluwe on Gamergate: Dear #Gamergaters, Do you know why you piss me the fuck off? Because you’re lazy. You’re ignorant. You are a blithering collection of wannabe Wikipedia philosophers, drunk on your own buzzwords, incapable of forming an original thought. You display a lack of knowledge stunning in its scope, a fundamental disregard of history […]
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The Modern X-Ray’s Lightbulb Moment

The course of medicine was transformed in 1913, when MIT-educated William Coolidge developed a better, safer x-ray tube. Trained as a physicist, he reached this breakthrough by way of his work with lightbulbs. After earning his undergraduate degree in 1896 from MIT (then known as The Tech), Coolidge traveled to Germany to complete his doctorate. [...]
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Elon Musk, Buzz Aldrin & Michael Collins Will Be at MIT This Week

(Members of Apollo 11: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin) When the oldest university aerospace program in the country turns 100, the second man on the moon and the founder of SpaceX, Tesla and PayPal come out to...
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Ebola Derangement Syndrome…Some Context

As of October 5  — the period covered by the World Health Organization’s latest Ebola Situation Report [PDF]  — there have been 8,033 cases of Ebola identified, with 3,879 deaths.  The one US Ebola death isn’t in that total yet — it will show up in next week’s report. Using 2011 numbers (I can’t dig up more recent […]
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