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Alumni group starts fund to pressure MIT to divest

By Jennifer F. SwitzerSTAFF REPORTER Thousands of MIT alumni, students, and faculty are calling on MIT to divest its $12.4 billion endowment from fossil-fuel companies, an endeavor that MIT alumnus Rajesh Kasturirangan PhD ’04 calls “a moral obligation comparable to college divestment from South Africa during the Apartheid regime.”
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In opening statement, defense says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's brother killed Sean Collier

By Drew BentASSOCIATE EDITOR The defense attorney for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that it was his brother Tamerlan, and not Tsarnaev himself, who killed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier on April 18, 2013.
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The Tech

New career fair hoped to strengthen MIT-Arab ties

By Sanjana SrivastavaSTAFF REPORTER MIT needs to develop its relationship with the Arab World, according to the MIT Arab Students Organization (ASO). This is the focus of their most recent effort, the MIT Middle East and North Africa Career Fair (MENA).
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Bringing “everyone wins” recycling to Nigeria

Across the slums of Lagos, a startup’s bikes have removed 600 tons of recyclables in return for rewards.
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MIT Professor Says Slot Machine Addicts Aren’t Playing to Win

  Cultural anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll, an associate professor in MIT’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society, has spent a lot of time explaining slot machine ergonomics and casino layouts since the 2012 release of her book Addiction By Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas—but there’s one takeaway that continues to startle her interviewers. For [...]
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Why isn’t the universe as bright as it should be?

Study explains why galaxies don’t churn out as many stars as they should.
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Excerpt: ‘The Second Machine Age’

“This is a book about the second machine age unfolding right now—an inflection point in the history of our economies and societies because of digitization,” write MIT Sloan School of Management’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in the introductory chapter of their New York Times best seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity [...]
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Studying conflict from the ground up

Newly tenured Fotini Christia studies political conflict — making findings that policymakers can use.
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A Smart Watch That Can Save Lives

  One of the newest wearables on the market does more than track fitness activities: it can detect epileptic seizures. Embrace was born out of research at MIT’s Affective Computing Research Group, founded and directed by Professor Rosalind Picard ScD ’91. In 2007, Picard was studying stress levels in non-verbal autistic children by measuring electrodermal [...]
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You Know You’re Bugf**k When…

Bill O’Reilly is the sane one in the room. Ladles and Jellyspoons, I present you with the comic stylings [via TPM] of self-made son and purveyor of a gospel that is good news only  in his fevered brain… Put your hands together for our own, all American Franklin Graham! “One of the problems we have in […]
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The Inverse Square

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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