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  • Core Developers Call for New Bitcoin Software Strategy at MIT

    11/19/2015 3:44:27 AM PST · by Another Post-American · 12 replies
    Coindesk ^ | 11/18/15 | Pete Rizzo
    Bitcoin Core developers Gavin Andresen, Cory Fields and Wladimir van der Laan expanded on their larger vision for development of the open-source bitcoin project at an event held yesterday by their new employer, MIT Media Lab. In the hour-and-a-half session, moderated by MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, Andresen voiced his belief that bitcoin needs to evolve away from having one dominant software implementation, stating that he believes the project to be in the midst of this transition. The remark comes amid a larger debate focused on updating bitcoin’s software to allow for a greater number of transactions to be...
  • The Flip Side of the Arab Spring

    10/24/2015 6:32:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    MIT ^ | October 20, 2105 | Jason Pontin
    Here are some English-language tweets from jihadis fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS: “I just noticed our martyred brother r.a. had a tumblr (I know, how could I have missed it). Make sure to check it out.” And: “This Syrian guy next 2 me (AbuUbayadah) is so stoked for our op he almost shot his foot off. Come on bro—safety 1st. :p” And: “Put the chicken wings down n come to jihad bro.” In “Fighting ISIS Online,” MIT Technology Review’s senior writer, David Talbot, describes what a Google policy director has called the...
  • The Ahmad Hoax Is Not Going to Hold, and The Media Will Be Massively Discredited

    09/25/2015 6:05:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | September 24, 2015 | Ace
    I suppose that headline is a bit optimistic -- the media is very good about suppressing stories that expose them as frauds; see the Gosnell coverage. But we're coming to a point where the media's continue refusal to acknowledge the obvious is going to become very embarrassing to them. IBD states the obvious. (I can't quote it because it's short, but it dispels so much of the previous myth-making here; do read it.) Suggesting, to me, that we're about to hit the moment of Peak Media Embarrassment is the fact that the tech community is now openly referring to this...
  • MIT builds a 3D printer that can use 10 materials at once

    08/29/2015 12:27:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Computerworld ^ | August 25, 2015 | Lucas Mearian
    Researchers were able to build the printer with off-the-shelf commodity parts for $7K.MIT researchers, using off-the-shelf components, have built a 3D printer capable of building with 10 photopolymer materials at once. And the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) said the researchers were able to build the printer for less than $7,000. That compares to systems that print with just three materials at one time and can cost $250,000. The MultiFab 3D printer works by mixing together microscopic droplets of photopolymers that are then extruded through inkjet printheads similar to those in office printers. The printing process is...
  • New design could finally help to bring fusion power closer to reality

    08/10/2015 1:53:25 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 10, 2015 | by David L. Chandler & Provided by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor. Thanks to powerful new magnet technology, the much smaller, less-expensive ARC reactor would deliver the same power output as a much larger reactor. Credit: the MIT ARC team ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It's an old joke that many fusion scientists have grown tired of hearing: Practical nuclear fusion power plants are just 30 years away—and always will be. But now, finally, the joke may no longer be true: Advances in magnet technology have enabled researchers at MIT to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor—and it's one that might be realized...
  • Diversity in the MIT Department of Physics

    08/04/2015 5:25:17 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies
    The MIT Physics Department is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and student populations to improve our excellence and to better serve the society that supports our work. Like in many physics departments, white males are over-represented in our student and faculty populations. There are several reasons to pursue change, seeking to increase the number of women and under-represented minorities in our community: Broadening the talent pool increases the talent. At MIT we constantly strive for excellence in everything we do. Our level of excellence will be improved if we sample from the most inclusive population. Attracting more...
  • The Supreme Court forgets about Jonathan Gruber, completely botches the Obamacare case

    06/29/2015 4:12:30 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 5 replies
    Rare US ^ | 06/25f/2015 | CORIE W. STEPHENS,
    --SNIP-- Scalia’s point is central to understanding the backwardness of this ruling. Obamacare was written with the language Scalia described for a very specific reason. The goal was to coerce states into creating their own exchanges by tying access to federal subsidies to the creation of state-specific Obamacare “marketplaces.” Recall Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist and architect of Obamacare, who became a household name when it was revealed that he mocked the “stupidity of the American voter” for believing Obamacare wouldn’t ban their insurance plans or increase costs. He also stated in January 2012: “I think what’s important to remember...
  • Raytheon Engineers Reveal how Technology Will Detect Alien Spaceships

    03/29/2015 7:33:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 41 replies
    inventorspot.com ^ | Paul Fitzgerald
    The duo suggests that alien-like ships traveling at relativistic speeds can easily intermingle with photons in the cosmic microwave background, which is dubbed CMB. This means that a spacecraft traveling at near light speed would leave a unique signature, and this means it would therefore be fully discoverable. Their research, which was just published in this month's MIT Technology Review, points out that the interaction with photons in the CMB “should create a drag that imposes specific limits on how fast spacecraft can travel.” And, “it should also produce a unique signature of relativistic spaceflight that ought to be visible...
  • Top MIT Scientist: Gov’t Funded Climate Science Promotes Alarmism

    03/05/2015 11:08:13 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/05/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    In the wake of accusations that skeptical climate scientists are peddling misleading research, a top scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has this to say: the government has spent billions funding climate science promoting an alarmist political agenda.“Billions of dollars have been poured into studies supporting climate alarm, and trillions of dollars have been involved in overthrowing the energy economy,” Dr. Richard Lindzen of MIT wrote in the Wall Street Journal. “So it is unsurprising that great efforts have been made to ramp up hysteria, even as the case for climate alarm is disintegrating.” “Individuals and organizations highly vested...
  • Navy Introduces Video Game For Dynamic Missile Defense Training

    02/01/2015 7:43:25 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 3:50 PM 01/30/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The U.S. Navy has introduced a multi-player video game to help train sailors in missile destruction and avoidance. The game has now been deployed to 30 ships, totaling 115 onboard personnel. According to the Office of Naval Research, the game, called Strike Group Defender: The Missile Matrix, calls on sailors to make split-second decisions in order to dodge missiles fired at a Navy ship. Sailors can choose to respond to the missiles with electronic means, which constitutes a “soft kill,” or more traditional methods like direct interception, called a “hard kill.”
  • MIT Climate Scientist: Global Warming Believers a ‘Cult’

    01/22/2015 11:10:06 AM PST · by yoe · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 22, 2015 | Howie Carr
    An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists as a discredited “cult” whose members are becoming more hysterical as emerging evidence continues to contradict their beliefs. During an appearance on this writer’s radio show Monday, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen discussed the religious nature of the movement. “As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical. I think that’s what’s happening here. Think about it,” he said. “You’ve led an unpleasant life, you haven’t led a very virtuous life, but now you’re...
  • Former MIT Professor 'robbed Manhattan bank and filmed the whole heist for art project'

    01/11/2015 6:41:44 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 1/10/15 | Pete D'amato
    **SNIP** He handed the bank teller a note, which asked for a donation to be made to his church, according to documents filed in court. Rhode Island police believe that the former professor, who currently lives in a Boston suburb, is responsible for a similar heist at a bank in Providence. According to the Providence Journal, a middle-aged man robbed a Citizens Bank in November, telling the clerk who handed over $3,000, 'Thank you, this is for the church.' The Post reports that while waiting to be arraigned for the incident on New Year's Eve, Gibbons told another man who...
  • Jonathan Gruber’s Mini-Me’s

    12/31/2014 6:30:18 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 30, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    MIT economist Jonathan Gruber got his 15 weeks of fame in 2014 when videos surfaced in which he candidly admitted to deception, and a jaundiced view of American public opinion, while promoting Obamacare as it travelled its rocky road to passage by Congress. Actually, Accuracy in Academia has been covering Jonathan Gruber’s “mini mes” for decades. Just last Fall: o “Once upon a time, there was a saying among the young: ‘The answer is more beer. What is the question?’” I wrote on December 8, 2014. “Substitute the word ‘government’ for the word ‘beer’ and you have what could be...
  • The Statist Academic Reflex

    12/09/2014 11:07:33 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 8, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Once upon a time, there was a saying among the young: “The answer is more beer. What is the question?” Substitute the word “government” for the word “beer” and you have what could be the rallying cry for academics today. “As for spurring economic growth in general, there is a near consensus among serious economists about many of the policies that are necessary,” MIT economists Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee, and Michael Spence wrote in an article which appeared in Foreign Affairs last summer. “ The basic strategy is intellectually simple, if politically difficult: boost public-sector investment over the short and...
  • Agency: $443,000 on Gruber analysis of Obamacare in Wisconsin long spent

    11/28/2014 12:56:40 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-25-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The “architect” of Obamacare who suggested the “stupidity of the American voter” helped pass President Obama’s signature health-care reform law hauled in $200,000 from Wisconsin taxpayers for his analysis of the potential costs and impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the Badger State, according to the state Department of Health Services. In total, taxpayers spent $443,718 for MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and a firm to analyze the actuarial and economic impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Wisconsin health insurance markets, according to records obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The remaining $243,718 went to Gorman Actuarial LLC,...
  • How Players at MIT Engineered a Football Team

    11/22/2014 11:23:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11-21-14 | Ben Cohen
    This Season, the Engineers Are Going to Playoffs, but They Once Competed in Hand-Me-Downs CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—In the 1970s, on this campus known for scientific innovation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology students engineered a rather unlikely experiment: a football team. MIT had no intercollegiate football squad at the time. The student body in 1901 voted 119-117 to discontinue it. So one day in 1978, a group of MIT students huddled and created a team that would play its first game that fall. No one else at the school had any clue. There were times when fielding a football team at MIT seemed...
  • Gruber-ing through November

    11/21/2014 6:40:36 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 20, 2014 | Roger Aronoff
    In recent days the Obama administration has attempted to separate itself from MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber’s comments regarding the torturous way that Obamacare was written, and the “stupidity of the American voter.” Not to let President Obama’s signature achievement be sullied by potential bad press, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and others have disavowed their connection to Gruber despite long, consistent government ties to the consultant. The Daily Caller reports that “All told, Gruber has earned at least $5,893,100 for his work for federal and state governments,” with $4 million coming from the federal government since 2000. If Gruber’s a nobody,...
  • Why does Jonathan Gruber still have a job at MIT?

    11/18/2014 7:28:52 AM PST · by rktman · 32 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/18/2014 | Rick Moran
    It appears that hoodwinking the American people can be fun and profitable. Fox News found, via a review of state and federal websites, that Jonathan Gruber earned $6 million in fees over the last 15 years. But the real question is, why does Gruber still have a job at MIT? He has admitted to fraud, lying, and deciet.
  • Universities Are Now Taking Down Their Jonathan Gruber Videos

    11/19/2014 7:12:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2014 | By Brendan Bordelon
    Universities that hosted Jonathan Gruber are now removing videos of the MIT professor from their websites after a series of candid admissions from the Obamacare architect ignited a firestorm against the health-care law. Videos from college conferences and Washington think tanks over the last few years show Gruber bragging about the law’s deliberate complexity and belittling American voters’ intelligence. Now at least two colleges who hosted the professor have tried to scrub Gruber from the internet. The University of Pennsylvania removed Gruber’s October 2013 panel appearance — in which he laughed about “the stupidity of the American voter” — on...
  • The Deceitful Selling of Obamacare Coming Home to Roost

    11/17/2014 7:54:35 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 19 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 15, 2014 | Roger Aronoff
    MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber’s comments regarding the “stupidity of the American voter” necessitating legislators to craft the Obamacare law in such a way that voters wouldn’t understand its impact, have sparked outrage, mostly from conservatives. But while Americans are focusing on comments that Gruber has now retracted, they should also pay attention to the real misinformation that he has been peddling about the signature health care legislation all along. “He called you stupid,” writes Ron Fournier for National Journal. “He admitted that the White House lied to you. Its officials lied to all of us—Republicans, Democrats, and independents; rich and...
  • MIT Procedures for Academic Misconduct (how to terminate Jonathan Gruber tenure)

    11/12/2014 11:24:24 AM PST · by SteveH · 45 replies
    MIT ^ | MIT
    10.1 Procedures for Dealing with Academic Misconduct in Research and Scholarship Unethical behavior in research and scholarship strikes at the heart of the scholarly and educational enterprise. A shared understanding of expectations and responsibilities is, therefore, critical — not only to the quality of the research enterprise but also to the collegial life of this community. Academic misconduct can take many forms, including fabrication or falsification of data, theft of ideas or direct plagiarism, and deliberate interference with the integrity of the work of others. Whatever the form, academic misconduct is behavior that may lead to a variety of disciplinary...
  • Obamacare architect blasted for ‘deliberate deception’

    11/11/2014 11:49:29 AM PST · by jonatron · 54 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 11/11/2014 | Richard Weir
    “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO (Congressional Budget Office) did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. … So it’s written to do that,” Gruber said, suggesting “it would not have passed” if the law “made it explicit” that healthy people would “pay in” and the sick would get money. “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage,” Gruber continued. “Call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass. I wish...
  • Jonathan Gruber Tries To Hide His Remarks

    11/11/2014 6:13:37 AM PST · by Pauli67 · 43 replies
    Est Quod Est ^ | 11/11/2014 | Pauli
    The University of Pennsylvania which had originally posted this has now pulled down the video from their site. But this is an attempt on the part of Jonathan Gruber and company to pull their pants up after they got caught. I think it's comical that these people still believe they can say whatever they want in public, but then flip out if anyone quotes them. It also appears that the Snopes.com mafia has been called in to cast doubt upon the incident as conservatives have reported it. They call this claim a Mixture of true and false. Here's their lame...
  • Half of MIT Students Think It's Possible to "Accidently" Rape Someone (Thanks, Affirmative Consent!)

    10/29/2014 7:56:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    REASON ^ | 10/28/2014 | Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    Whether rape happens on U.S. college campuses at rates similar to elsewhere in America or to rates in Tanzania and South Africa has been a major subject of dispute recently. Folks from President Obama to swearing 5-year-olds princesses have been citing a statistic that 20 percent of women on college campuses, or one in five, will be sexually assaulted while there—a stat that has also been routinely debunked. However, a new sexual assault survey from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)—one of the first schools to release broad data on campus sex crimes—seems to corroborate everyone's favorite sketchy stat. Or...
  • New algorithm enables MIT cheetah robot to run and jump, untethered, across grass.

    09/15/2014 10:52:14 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    mit.edu ^ | Jennifer Chu
    Speed and agility are hallmarks of the cheetah: The big predator is the fastest land animal on Earth, able to accelerate to 60 mph in just a few seconds. As it ramps up to top speed, a cheetah pumps its legs in tandem, bounding until it reaches a full gallop. Now MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah — a sleek, four-legged assemblage of gears, batteries, and electric motors that weighs about as much as its feline counterpart. The team recently took the robot for a test run on MIT’s Killian...
  • Expert: Let’s not exaggerate ISIS threat to U.S.

    08/22/2014 10:54:42 AM PDT · by BlopAndStop · 33 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | O'Ryan Johnson
    “They are beyond just a terrorist group,” Hagel said. “They marry ideology, a sophistication of ... military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded. This is beyond anything we’ve seen.” But Jim Walsh with the MIT Security Studies Program said ISIS has also suffered a series of setbacks at the hands of Kurdish and U.S. forces and said the Islamic militants are more concerned with the immediate threats in their region than attacking the U.S. “The theory is that they have a safe haven and if you have a safe haven you can carry out an attack. That’s true. Unfortunately there’s no...
  • The Visual Microphone: Passive Recovery of Sound from Video

    08/06/2014 8:42:07 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    mit.edu ^ | 8-6-2014 | Abe Davis/MIT
    (Videos) When sound hits an object, it causes small vibrations of the object’s surface. We show how, using only high-speed video of the object, we can extract those minute vibrations and partially recover the sound that produced them, allowing us to turn everyday objects—a glass of water, a potted plant, a box of tissues, or a bag of chips—into visual microphones. We recover sounds from highspeed footage of a variety of objects with different properties, and use both real and simulated data to examine some of the factors that affect our ability to visually recover sound. We evaluate the quality...
  • [Tech] The X Window System Turns 30 Years Old Today

    06/19/2014 11:45:43 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 5 replies
    Phoronix ^ | 9 June 2014 05:00 AM EDT | Michael Larabel
    It was on this day 30 years ago that the X Window System was first announced. Back on 19 June 1984, Robert Scheifler announced a window system for the VS100 that was based upon the W system at the time. The initial X performance on a VS100 was about twice as fast, the code was in development for a few weeks and already showing signs of stability, and developers at MIT were startiing to build applications to run on X.
  • MIT researchers develop 3D-printed robots that self-assemble when heated

    06/01/2014 10:42:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 06/01/2014 | By Loren Grush
    Want to build your very own robot? It turns out all you might need is a little heat. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed 3D-printed robots that can assemble themselves together after being exposed to heat. They demonstrated how these prototypes work in two new studies, to be presented at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation held in Hong Kong next week. Using a type of polymer called polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, the research team led by Daniela Rus created two-dimensional sheets of the material and placed them between two rigid polyester films...
  • Holy war rocks Harvard as the Catholic Church fights back against Satanic mass

    05/10/2014 4:44:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/14 | kelly
    Church officials say they will “combat evil” by hosting a positive worship service to counter a Harvard group’s Satanic mass planned for Monday evening. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will host a Eucharistic procession from MIT to a nearby church for an hour of prayer, The Boston Globe reports. The religious procession will end up at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, just a 10-minutes walk from the Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is set to hold a “black mass.” A black mass is a ritual performed as a parody of the...
  • MIT Professor Exposes Climate Change Hysteria

    01/17/2014 8:22:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Story Leak ^ | January 17, 2014 | Mikael Thalen
    A leading climate change figure has come out against the government’s continued and ridiculous climate change hysteria. Speaking in regards to Massachusetts’ new $50 million climate change proposal, MIT Professor Richard Lindzen, a leading figure in the climate change movement, pointed out the absurdity of blaming every weather event on global warming and climate change. “The changes that have occurred due to global warning are too small to account for,” Lindzen told WBZ-TV. “It has nothing to do with global warming, it has to do with where we live.” Although supporting the theory of man-made global warming, Lindzen admitted that...
  • Can MIT Help Solve the Mystery of Bigfoot?

    03/27/2014 10:36:11 AM PDT · by Theoria · 68 replies
    Boston Magazine ^ | 26 Mar 2014 | Steve Annear
    Matt Knapp thinks that Bigfoot research is a mess right now.“The facts are that in terms of progress, the Bigfoot research community has ultimately made none. We are no closer now to proving these creatures exist than we were 40 years ago,” Knapp told Boston. Knapp blames the setbacks on the digital age, and the amount of misinformation being spread in the form of photos and videos online. That, and the fact that more people seem to be trying to cash in on what they claim are legitimate Bigfoot sightings. “Self admittedly, up to this point, we have not had anything...
  • Geek Bumper Stickers [Shameless Vanity]

    03/22/2014 11:20:11 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 62 replies
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  • Something is rotten in the state of science: How did computer generated gibberish get published?

    02/25/2014 6:54:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/25/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Evidence is accumulating that quality control is a serious issue in academic publishing, which is the key to career advancement for scientists and other scholars. In an age when appeals to "peer reviewed" "settled science" have become standard operating procedure in efforts to impose radical increases in government control over our lives, corruption in the mechanisms for reviewing  scientific publications has very real consequences for all of us. Nature magazine tells us: Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers. Richard Van Noorden writes: The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after...
  • 10 Big Changes In Energy Since The 2013 MIT Energy Conference

    02/15/2014 7:30:03 PM PST · by ckilmer · 12 replies
    theenergycollective ^ | February 10, 2014 | Robert Armstrong
    0 Big Changes In Energy Since The 2013 MIT Energy Conference  Posted February 10, 2014         17       61       10       88       Around MIT, we’re used to “drinking from a fire hose,” but the pace of change can still be dizzying—particularly for those of us involved in energy. Less than 12 months ago, the MIT Energy Club hosted its premier event, the MIT Energy Conference, and in that time, a great deal has changed.As students prepare for the 2014 MIT Energy Conference, we thought we’d compile a...
  • From Warheads to Cheap Energy: Why this MIT Professor Deserves the Nobel Peace Prize

    02/02/2014 1:55:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/27/2014 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    As the Cold War ended in the late 1980s and early ’90s, a new fear arose amid the rejoicing and relief: that atomic security might fail in the disintegrating Soviet Union, allowing its huge stockpile of nuclear warheads to fall into unfriendly hands. The jitters intensified in late 1991, as Moscow announced plans to store thousands of weapons from missiles and bombers in what experts viewed as decrepit bunkers, policed by impoverished guards of dubious reliability. Many officials and scientists worried. Few knew what to do. That is when Thomas L. Neff, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,...
  • MIT Professor Urging Climate Change Activists To ‘Slow Down’

    01/16/2014 7:30:31 AM PST · by Zakeet · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | January 14, 2014
    A new proposal on climate change focuses on public health, energy, transportation and basic infrastructure. [Snip] MIT Professor Richard Lindzen is a leading international expert on climate change. “The changes that have occurred due to global warning are too small to account for,” he told WBZ-TV. “It has nothing to do with global warming, it has to do with where we live.”
  • MIT Climate Change Expert: Global Warming “Just a Dream Come True for Politicians”

    01/15/2014 10:40:14 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 9 replies
    Downtrend.com ^ | January 15, 2014 | James Daniels
    ~SNIP~...It seems this man, Richard Lindzen, actually lives in Massachusetts. Apparently, he’s a professor at MIT, which has the best Earth Sciences program in the United States. And he is a leading international climate change expert. That’s something to think about, liberals, as you’re stuck in the ice on your climate change crusade!
  • MIT Chemist Announces Artificial Photosynthesis, Signs with Tata

    03/28/2011 5:36:18 AM PDT · by Normandy · 26 replies
    Free Energy Times ^ | March 27, 2011
    At a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Anaheim, California, MIT Professor Dr. Daniel Nocera announced that a research team had achieved a long -sought-after for goal of artificially copying photosynthesis, the process by which plants turn sunlight into energy, to create electricity easily and cheaply.
  • What Catastrophe?

    01/07/2014 10:58:46 AM PST · by Biggirl · 15 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | January 7, 2014 | Ethan Epstein
    When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised. If you know Lindzen only from the way his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt—you might expect a spittle-flecked, wild-eyed loon. But in person, Lindzen cuts a rather different figure. With his...
  • The Copenhagen Wheel official product release

    12/11/2013 10:42:08 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | December 3, 2013 | Copenhagen Wheel
    The Copenhagen Wheel official product release
  • Obamacare Architect Introduces Eugenics: "Genetic Lottery Winners" Must Pay

    11/16/2013 6:14:28 AM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Okay, folks, there are other aspects of this that I want to get to that have nothing to do with what Obama did yesterday. Jonathan Gruber, MIT, who was an architect of Obamacare, was on NBC with F. Chuck Todd. I'm just teasing this. Do you remember Dick Gephardt talking about the winners of life's lottery? In Gephardt's world, the winners of life's lottery were the rich. If you win a lottery, you're what? You're lucky and nothing more. You're just plain lucky and that's not fair. And Gephardt portrayed the wealthy as the winners of life's lottery, basically...
  • Mitch McConnell Attacks Conservative Group for Endorsing Primary Opponent

    10/20/2013 6:24:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 73 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/20/2013 | MATTHEW BOYLE
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore attacked the Senate Conservatives Fund for endorsing McConnell’s primary challenger Matt Bevin on Friday. “Matt Bevin now has the dubious honor of standing with a self-serving D.C. fundraising group that made its name by recruiting and promoting unelectable candidates that ensured Barack Obama a majority in the Senate,” Moore said in a statement to the Washington Post. “They clearly care less about Kentuckians than they do about their reputation for supporting laughably bad candidates. Now they can add a New England bailout recipient who claims he went to MIT to their roster of...
  • Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed

    09/29/2013 2:00:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 29, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.” A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that there has been a hiatus in warming for the last 15 years. “I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies...
  • The legacy of Danny Lewin, the first man to die on 9/11

    09/11/2013 5:50:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | September 11, 2013 | By Todd Leopold
    (CNN) -- Even by MIT standards, says Tom Leighton, Danny Lewin was special. "He was really exceptionally smart. MIT has a lot of really smart people, and Danny stood out even among that rarified environment," says Leighton, who was then one of Lewin's professors at the Massachusetts school's computer science laboratory. That kind of determination drove Lewin throughout his short life. He was an American who joined the Israeli army and served in an elite unit, though he could have avoided the military altogether. He was a mathematician who could have had a stellar academic career but decided to jump...
  • Documents show Secret Service kept tab of Swartz

    08/13/2013 10:48:00 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    U.S. Secret Service documents show that the agency played a key role in the investigation of free-information activist Aaron Swartz and watched his case closely until he committed suicide.
  • Report to the President MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz

    07/30/2013 10:51:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    MIT ^ | http://swartz-report.mit.edu/docs/report-to-the-president.pdf | Report to the President MIT and the P rosecution of Aaron Swartz Review Panel Harold Abelson Peter A
    Report at link
  • Founder of Mass.-based Bose audio firm dies at 83 (Amar Bose)

    07/12/2013 5:06:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    AP via KEYC TV ^ | July 12, 2013 | Steve LeBlanc
    Acoustics pioneer Amar Bose, founder and chairman of the audio technology company Bose Corp., known for the rich sound of its small tabletop radios and its noise-canceling headphones popular among frequent fliers, has died at age 83. Bose's death was announced Friday by the company's president, Bob Maresca, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Bose began his acoustics research and was on the faculty for more than 40 years.
  • MIT's cheetah robot runs faster, more efficiently, can carry its own power supply (video)

    05/17/2013 3:18:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies
    Engadget ^ | 5/17/13 | Mat Smith
    When it comes to hunting down humans running speeds, MIT's cheetah might come second to Boston Dynamics' own high-velocity quadruped, but by substituting pneumatics with motors, MIT's version apparently runs far more efficiently. At the recent International Conference on Robotics and Automation, the Institute of Technology showed of its newest version, which reached a top speed of 13.7 mph. To accomplish this, the runner still needs parallel support bars to constrain movement in one dimension, reducing any roll, yaw -- and the chances of a pretty expensive fall. The team says the new version's cost of transport (COT is...
  • Biden Cracks Joke at Memorial Service for Slain Police Officer

    04/24/2013 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 67 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | April 24, 2013 1:48 PM | Daniel Halper
    <p>"One of my favorite poets is Seamus Heaney," said Biden, who is of Irish descent. "I know the congressman thinks I always quote Irish poets because I'm Irish. That's not the reason I do it. I quote Irish poets because they're the best poets and that's the reason why," Biden deadpanned. "And the Collier family knows that, right?"</p>