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Boston, MIT honors slain campus cop Sean Collier

Thousands gathered on the MIT campus here Wednesday for an emotional memorial service honoring slain school police officer Sean Collier.


Prosecutors turned down Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz's request for plea deal over MIT hacking case TWO DAYS before his death

aaron Swartz

Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz's request for a plea deal was turned down by federal prosecutors just two days before he committed suicide as he faced 30 years in jail for stealing academic papers, his lawyer has revealed.


Anonymous hacks MIT in honor of Aaron Swartz

Anonymous added its tribute to the many online memorials honoring Aaron Swartz, hacking into and temporarily taking over the MIT website to eulogize the programmer and Internet activist and call for computer crime law reform.


'Transformer' robot made at MIT


It may not look like a character from the Transformer franchise, but a tiny robot made in the US is able to change shape. Built at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), it uses magnets to mimic molecules that fold themselves into complex shapes.


Harvard and M.I.T. Team Up to Offer Free Online Courses

Online Education

In what is shaping up as an academic Battle of the Titans — one that offers vast new learning opportunities for students around the world — Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday announced a new nonprofit partnership, known as edX, to offer free online courses from both universities.


MIT Study: Air Pollution Linked With Early Deaths In UK

Air Pollution

Well, it's official. Air pollution sends you to an early grave in the United Kingdom. In a recent study from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at (MIT) researchers Steve Barrett and Steve Yim report that emissions from cars, trucks, planes and power plants cause 13,000 premature deaths in the United Kingdom each year.


Cambridge man accused of stealing 4 million documents in MIT hack

A federal indictment unsealed today charges a Cambridge man with computer intrusion, fraud and data theft in computer hacking incidents that targeted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and JSTOR, a not-for-profit archive of scientific journals and academic work.


Scientists decipher 3 billion-year-old genomic fossils

MIT scientists have created a sort of genomic fossil that shows that the collective genome of all life underwent an enormous expansion about 3 billion years ago, which they're calling the Archean Expansion. Many of the new genes appearing in the Archean Expansion are oxygen related, and could be the first biological evidence of the Great Oxidation Event, the period in Earth's history when oxygen became so plentiful that many anerobic life forms may have become extinct.


Kinect Web Browsing Looks Like Minority Report (Video)

Some folks from MIT's media lab Fluid Interfaces Group figured out a way to get javascript to work with Kinect.


Face shield for soldiers could shield brain, too

Face shield for soldiers could shield brain, too

MIT's rocket scientists have teamed up with a brain-injury expert in the military to show that a face shield could block much of the blast waves from roadside bombs, boosting protection for U.S. soldiers.


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