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To Physicists, Football is a Gas

For nearly two weeks, physics news has found a new home in sports pages around the country as researchers have inflated, deflated, refrigerated, and heated footballs. This detour from the scientists’ usual research was triggered by the New England Patriots’ AFC championship win—which secured their spot in tomorrow’s Super Bowl, but also sparked controversial rumors [...]
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David Brooks Auditions For Graham Greene

 The Quiet American  is a marvelous book, or rather, it is one in which Greene’s utter disdain for the reckless incompetence of power gets a near perfect expression.  Take this snippet from near the end of the work: Pyle said, “It’s awful.” He looked at the wet on his shoes and said in a sick voice, […]
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New Mobile Payment Solution Works Almost Anywhere

Start-up LoopPay could soon allow consumers to pay for their purchases with a wave of their phone, instead of swiping a credit card. LoopPay, cofounded in 2012 by Will Graylin SM ’00, has developed a Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology—basically, a small metal coil embedded in a smartphone case or keychain fob—to allow payments by [...]
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Decoding the meaning of language

Linguist Kai von Fintel engages in research at the intersection of science and the humanities.
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MIT News Office

Parallelizing common algorithms

Researchers revamp a common “data structure” so that it will work with multicore chips.
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MIT News Office

Privacy challenges

Analysis: It’s surprisingly easy to identify individuals from credit-card metadata.
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The Tech

GSC expands REFS program for peer-support and stress relief

By Angela Leong Feng Ping Beginning in February, the Resources for Easing Friction and Stress (REFS) initiatives will expand to include a program whose services will be available to the general graduate-student community.
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The Tech

Lewin complainant tells of harassment

By Austin HessEDITOR IN CHIEF A 32-year-old woman living in France has provided Inside Higher Ed with records of sexually explicit messages from former professor Walter Lewin — the same materials that she had sent to MIT and which had served as the basis for a sexual harassment investigation that led to the revocation of Lewin’s emeritus title and the removal of his popular online physics lecture videos.
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The Tech

Snowstorm threatens Northeast

Amongst impending snowfalls and ominous storm warnings, MIT cancelled classes for Tuesday, Jan. 27 and left Wednesday’s opening time pending at 7 a.m. due to the passage of a potentially “historic” storm.
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Snow, Really

  This week, Winter Storm Juno is projected to dump blizzard conditions on some 28 million people in the northeastern US. In keeping with the weather, MIT Continuum has assembled a compendium of snow stories. From underground aquifers and shower nozzles to flamethrowers and Mars, MIT people tend to put a twist on one of [...]
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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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