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Two Inches of Soil, Viewed from Space, Could Yield Data for Coping with Climate Change

  A new NASA mission led by an MIT professor could provide critical information about global climate change and our planet’s shifting water and food supply. On January 31, NASA launched a satellite into orbit, kicking off a three-year, $916M quest to measure the moisture in Earth’s soil. Dara Entekhabi, MIT’s Bacardi and Stockholm Water [...]
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Fighting inefficiencies

Senior Sheldon Trotman designs computer programs to streamline human behavior.
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Data Needed to Dispel Vaccine Fears—But Not the Kind You Think

Seth Mnookin‘s 2011 book The Panic Virus—which examines how the thoroughly debunked link between vaccination and autism persists in warping public opinion—is back in the spotlight. Not incidentally, so are the measles. Once thought to be all but wiped out in the US thanks to vaccination, the measles are making a comeback, most recently in [...]
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Social circles

MIT study details the degree to which urban movement is linked to social activity.
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MIT News Office

Kastner named president of Science Philanthropy Alliance

Physicist will head group aiming to build U.S. philanthropic support for basic science research.
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Assembly limit for Boston ILGs, frats, and sororities lifted

By Patricia Z. DominguezNEWS EDITOR A new social event policy for fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups has been issued and is set to go into effect today. Among other things, it will lift the party ban established last year by increasing the assembly numbers of FSILGs located in Boston that were previously limited to 49 people.
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The Tech

Boston Marathon bombing trial scheduled to begin next week

By Drew Bent and Ray WangASSOCIATE EDITORS Opening statements are expected to commence next Wednesday in the trial of the accused Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, according to a court official. Pending motions will be addressed in a hearing on Monday, and on Tuesday the defense and prosecution teams will whittle down the 70 remaining potential jurors to the 18 who will be seated for opening statements.
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The Tech

MIT accuses Apple of patent infringement

MIT has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Micron over their alleged patent infringement concerning a technology used to manufacture semiconductor wafers. The patent describes a laser-cutting process for semiconductor metals and was originally issued in 2000 to then-MIT scientist Joseph Bernstein and co-inventor Zhihui Duan.
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Finding the Switches that Control Genes Could Unlock Understanding of Disease

  A decade ago, scientists mapped the human genome; now, scientists have gone a step further by mapping the human epigenome. Their results were published in a group of papers in the journal Nature. DNA only makes up a small part of our genes. The rest is made up of switches that control them, turning [...]
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Ceci N’est Pas Un Chien

I simply love this: Nothing like Auntie Beeb making sure we have all the news we can use. I do not love this: For comparison sake, here’s Tuesday’s shot (posted yesterday): This is getting ridiculous.  I’ve spent the morning looking at stuff like this, just to remind me that the at least an idea of […]
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The Inverse Square

Snowpocalypse Now

This was the view from my back door sometime in early January: As you can see, the first faint flakes of snow are visible streaking across the frame. Here’s the same view as of last Tuesday: We’ve got as much as two feet more coming tonight and tomorrow according to a true Valentine’s Day gift of a […]
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