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By adamg - 11/12/20 - 5:50 pm

Update: Babson, too.

The MIT Tech reports campus health officials suspended in-person teaching for first-year MBA students at the Sloan School of Management Nov. 5 through Thanksgiving due to a rash of positive Covid-19 tests among them. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/20 - 12:09 pm

Researchers at MIT, Harvard and Mass. General report progress in developing a "universal" flu vaccine that would work by getting the body to recognize a flu protein that rarely mutates but which the human immune system normally does not recognize. Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/20 - 12:46 pm

A number of local colleges and universities are posting daily or weekly Covid-19 testing results; to date, the numbers show much lower infection rates among students who have come to Boston even if that means taking classes in their dorm rooms and prohibitions against parties. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/20 - 3:54 pm

Government lawyers agreed today to drop an ICE policy that would have forced foreign students to leave the country if they were unwilling or unable to find a school that would teach their classes in person. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 10:13 am

MIT and Harvard today asked a federal judge to block a new ICE ruling that would force foreign students already enrolled in college here to either find schools that would teach them in person or leave the country. Read more.

By adamg - 7/7/20 - 12:37 pm

The MIT Tech reports. The news comes a day after Harvard announced only freshmen and some other students would be allowed back. Both schools, meanwhile, now have to figure out what to do about international students the government wants to kick out.

By adamg - 4/10/20 - 2:48 pm

It's not so much that the gamma radiation doesn't kill coronavirus - it does - but that it degrades the way the masks work after they're zapped, according to a report by MIT News. Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/20 - 10:03 am

A team of MIT researchers is working on a system through which people's phones would send out a constant stream of Bluetooth "chirps" that would then be picked up and stored by other people's phones. Somebody who tests positive for coronavirus could then upload his or her chirps to a database that others could then check to see if they were close enough to that person to warrant their own trip to testing site or to self quarantine. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 3:41 pm

Lydia Bourouiba, an MIT professor and director of the Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission Laboratory, writes that our current six-foot safety zone is based on decades-old work in a laboratory and that might be putting health-care providers at risk. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 9:50 pm

MIT reports researchers at MIT and the University of Colorado at Denver are looking at whether a drug now used to break up blood clots could help critically ill Covid-19 patients who are not being helped by ventilators. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 2:49 pm

The MIT radio station announced it shut down at 2 p.m. today:

While this was a difficult decision for us to make, we are prioritising the health and safety of our members. We are continuing to work with MIT as a part of their response to COVID-19.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 6:32 pm

MIT announced today that it is canceling classes next week and will move to online-only education after classes resume following spring break, which starts March 20, due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/20 - 1:36 pm

Science reports that a Chinese development company is giving a consortium of Boston-area researchers $115 million to investigate Covid-19 and figure out how to fight it. Read more.

By adamg - 3/6/20 - 11:06 am

Some news on the Robot Overlords front from local researchers: Dexai Robotics of Somerville has raised $5.5 million for its robotic sous-chef replacement, called Alfred. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/20 - 10:09 pm

MIT announced today it's "suspending all international travel on MIT business or with MIT programs, for all faculty, students, postdocs and staff" - and is taking a series of other steps to limit any potential Covid-19 spread, including banning all campus meetings of more than 150 people and asking MIT students and staffers who travel out of state, even just to another part of the US on spring break, to log their destinations in a confidential MIT travel registry. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/20 - 9:16 am
RFID butt

Rudolph with your butt so bright, won't you guide my sleigh tonight? Image by MIT News.

MIT News reports researchers have developed low-cost wetness sensors that can be embedded in diapers to sound a clarion call when baby needs a new diaper. Read more.

By adamg - 1/13/20 - 2:20 pm

Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law School professor and Brookline resident, charges the New York Times committed "clickbait defamation" in a headline and lead paragraph that made it sound he was condoning MIT professors and administrators taking money from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein when, he says, he wasn't. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/20 - 4:07 pm

Some MIT researchers and officials caused "significant harm" to the school by taking money from Jeffrey Epstein and arranging frequent campus visits for him even after his conviction for procuring an underage prostitute, despite repeated warnings from people on campus who knew better and who told them, as late as 2017, to stop it, a law firm hired by the school to look at its Epstein connections concludes. Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/19 - 5:56 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected a proposed new roof deck as part of an overall rehab of a Beacon Street frat house after a neighbor worried about noise and the neighborhood association groused about the dangerous precedent the deck could set. Read more.

By adamg - 9/20/19 - 8:57 am

WBUR reports state environmental officials are looking into allegations that the lab dumped polluted wastewater into a well in Middleton as part of its attempts to build "food computers," a program already under fire for other reasons, such as that the "computers" didn't work.

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