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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.
The Tech
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.
The Tech
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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MIT Spectrum

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 [...]
MIT Spectrum
MIT Spectrum

Helen Greiner: Filling the World with Robots

“I want robots to exist. That’s why I’m an entrepreneur.” There’s no mistaking what drives Helen Greiner ’89, SM ’90: “I passionately want the world filled with robots.” In a conversation with Foreign Affairs for a special issue on entrepreneurship, Greiner dates her love of robots back to a childhood infatuation with R2-D2, and reflects [...]
MIT Spectrum
MIT Spectrum

Control a Drone With Your Phone

Start-up Skydio wants to make piloting a drone as easy as launching an app on your iPhone. Cofounded by Adam Bry SM ’12, Matt Donahoe SM ’11, and Abe Bachrach SM ’09, PhD ’13, the company is developing a way to prevent drones from crashing and making them easier to control. Currently, drones rely on [...]
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The Inverse Square

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 […]
The Inverse Square
The Inverse Square

Annals of Gobsmackery

Admittedly, he’s just trolling, but Dinesh D’Souza is a good troll.  I mean really:   If there is the slightest chance he actually believes he merits comparison to Dr. King, all I can say is wow, dude,  That’s some fine delusions of grandeur you got there. If in fact he is doing what I’m 99% sure he […]
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