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August 17, 2013
Lego nerds, this is the career path for you
Ever think to yourself, “whoa dudes, I’m awesome at Lego”? This story from the world of engineering might warm your heart. MIT researchers have created a new approach to construction that works kinda like Legos. The researchers have created a new process that relies on interlocking blocks which, when combined together, are 10 times tougher than ultralight materials made through other means. Which means these things would be awesome for use in heavy construction of devices that need both lightness and strength—think airplanes and levees. And, better, if parts break, it doesn’t take down the entire piece—just like your childhood Lego structures. Whoa.

Lego nerds, this is the career path for you

Ever think to yourself, “whoa dudes, I’m awesome at Lego”? This story from the world of engineering might warm your heart. MIT researchers have created a new approach to construction that works kinda like Legos. The researchers have created a new process that relies on interlocking blocks which, when combined together, are 10 times tougher than ultralight materials made through other means. Which means these things would be awesome for use in heavy construction of devices that need both lightness and strength—think airplanes and levees. And, better, if parts break, it doesn’t take down the entire piece—just like your childhood Lego structures. Whoa.

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evanfleischer:

“I just had four cops walk into the bar I’m at and take off their hats while watching the news.”— via.

evanfleischer:

“I just had four cops walk into the bar I’m at and take off their hats while watching the news.”

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0:34 // 1 year ago
April 18, 2013
climateadaptation:

Shooting at MIT.

The Atlantic Wire also has coverage of the incident, which includes a somewhat graphic aerial photo of the crime scene.
UPDATE: According to NBC Connecticut, in touch with Massachusetts state police, the police officer involved in the shooting has died. Fox 25 in Boston is also reporting this.

climateadaptation:

Shooting at MIT.

The Atlantic Wire also has coverage of the incident, which includes a somewhat graphic aerial photo of the crime scene.

UPDATE: According to NBC Connecticut, in touch with Massachusetts state police, the police officer involved in the shooting has died. Fox 25 in Boston is also reporting this.

23:56 // 1 year ago
At 10:48 PM today gunshots were reported near Building 32 (Stata) which is currently surrounded by responding agencies. The area is cordoned off. Please stay clear of area until further notice. Unknown if injuries have occurred. Although the situation is considered active and extremely dangerous, an investigation is underway. Updates will be provided at this site when more information becomes available.
Now at MIT.

(Gunshots were reported because a guard was shot six times — per Adam Gaffin.)

The Boston area cannot get a break.
23:07 // 1 year ago
January 13, 2013
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January 12, 2013

Three thoughts on the loss of Aaron Swartz from tech luminaries

The tech community was quick to respond strongly to reports of Swartz’s death Saturday morning, with much written in reaction to his loss, including:

  • Tim Berners-Lee The man who created the Web mourned Swartz’s death as that of a fallen comrade in a poem on the W3C listserv. “Aaron is dead./Wanderers in this crazy world,/we have lost a mentor, a wise elder./Hackers for right, we are one down,/we have lost one of our own./Nurtures, careers, listeners, feeders,/parents all,/we have lost a child./Let us all weep.”
  • Cory Doctorow The Boing Boing co-founder, who had known Aaron since he was “14 or 15,” wishes it didn’t have to be this way. “Here’s a thing that I do wonder about this morning, and that I hope you’ll think about, too. I don’t know for sure whether Aaron understood that any of us, any of his friends, would have taken a call from him at any hour of the day or night. I don’t know if he understood that wherever he was, there were people who cared about him, who admired him, who would get on a plane or a bus or on a video-call and talk to him.”
  • Lawrence Lessig The Harvard Law professor and internet activist is quick to criticize the prosecution Swartz faced as heartless and at least partly to blame for Swartz’s death. “In that world, the question this government needs to answer is why it was so necessary that Aaron Swartz be labeled a ‘felon.’ For in the 18 months of negotiations, that was what he was not willing to accept, and so that was the reason he was facing a million dollar trial in April — his wealth bled dry, yet unable to appeal openly to us for the financial help he needed to fund his defense, at least without risking the ire of a district court judge.”
14:02 // 1 year ago