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MIT On Climate Change

Every year MIT has a Technology Day on its alumni reunion weekend where faculty discuss what they’re working on.   These are consistently interesting, and I’ve written about them before: The Oceans Are Dissolved Information and Print Your House and … Continue reading

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The Engineering of Biology at MIT

One of the big reunion activities at MIT is Technology Day, a series of lectures from faculty done shortly after commencement.   This year the theme was Synthetic Life, and the talks were just as creepy and interesting as you might … Continue reading

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Rebecca Leaf, Engineer Heroine from MIT

I recently came across a striking set of stories about leftist women who attended MIT.  The school has had female graduates longer than any other major US university (their first was in 1873), and they’ve done remarkable things.  It turns … Continue reading

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Phineas and Ferb Go To MIT

Because of course they would.   This is what they built over summer vacation: It’s a 130-foot-long roller coaster!   Students at the East Campus dorm built it for a freshman introduction activity.   The above is one end, and here’s the … Continue reading

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Solectria – Achieving Goals By Lowering Them

A few days ago some good news finally came to a guy who has been trying to save the world for a very long time.   James Worden is the founder of the Massachusetts company Solectria Renewables, and it just got  … Continue reading

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“MIT Rising”, But Not Because of Startups

The November issue of Boston magazine has an article “How MIT Became the Most Important University in the World” by Chris Vogel.  It talks about how MIT students are better dressed these days, more articulate, and more out-going.  In fact, … Continue reading

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A Prank That Looks Too Natural

So I was at a rather dull seminar at MIT when I happened to gaze out the 8th floor window of the Stata building: Yes, that’s a Dalek triumphantly shaking its blasters at the MIT sky line.  The silver column … Continue reading

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“MIT Seeks to Flatter Wealthy Businessmen”

… is what the headline should have read on this Boston Globe article, “Stars of invention – Walk of Fame in Kendall Square celebrates technology and the entrepreneurial spirit”.  Apparently MIT and the city of Cambridge have set up a … Continue reading

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Print Your House

One of the other talks at MIT’s Technology Day was by Lawrence Sass, an associate professor of architecture at MIT.   He’s been looking at how to get computers directly involved with constructing buildings.   As a test case, he built a … Continue reading

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“The oceans are dissolved information”

Said the MIT professor Sallie Chisholm as she spoke to an audience of alumni at MIT’s Technology Day last Saturday.  She was not talking about a nanotech infestation that was turning the seas into computronium. Well, actually, she was.   It … Continue reading

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