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By adamg - 9/8/21 - 10:29 am
New tokamak magnetic tape

Magnetic tape for donut-shaped tokamak reactor. Photo by Gretchen Ertl, CFS/MIT-PSFC.

While most of us were enjoying the Labor Day weekend, researchers at MIT and a spin-off fusion company in Cambridge were powering up the world's most powerful version of a new type of superconducting magnet, one they say could help lead to fusion power actually becoming a reality. Read more.

By adamg - 8/31/21 - 3:42 pm

The Boston Public Library reported today it's restored WiFi and that employees are beginning to input all of the book checkouts they'd had to record by hand since somebody knocked many of their systems offline last week. Read more.

By adamg - 8/13/21 - 9:39 am
Chart showing rapid growth in biotech job postings for the Boston area

A new report from the BPDA says that what is already the nation's largest biotech region keeps adding jobs, which is why the industry has exploded out of Kendall Square across the river and down the Charles. Read more.

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By adamg - 6/17/21 - 11:41 am

Jon Masters reports the Commonwealth has enabled a system that is supposed to alert people with Android or Apple phones if they come within infecting distance of people who have reported being infected with Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/21 - 11:22 pm

Blackstone, a New York investment firm, announced today it's buying International Data Group from the Chinese company that had acquired it in 2017. IDG runs a market consulting service and a variety of Web sites focused on IT buyers and sellers, both in the US and abroad.

By adamg - 6/3/21 - 9:10 am
People sleeping outside the Cambridge Micro Center

Shortly before 8 a.m., Carol Beggy spotted at least 60 people - and one dog - lined up outside the Cambridge Micro Center, waiting so they could rush in and snap up $600 graphics cards. Read more.

By adamg - 6/2/21 - 11:23 am
601 Congress St.

601 Congress St. From the BioMed filing.

A Kendall Square concern has filed plans with the BPDA to retrofit the curvy 14-story building at 601 Congress St., originally built as the US headquarters of a Canadian insurance company, as lab and office space for the red-hot life-sciences market in Boston. Read more.

By adamg - 6/1/21 - 11:03 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that a man's text messages can be used against him in a criminal case because they were recovered from another man's phone. Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/21 - 1:04 pm

The Harvard Crimson reports Massachusetts General's new Center for the Neuroscience of Psychedelics will study whether psilocybin and Ecstasy could help with a variety of mental issues, starting with one common effect of depression and severe anxiety and with PTSD that is resistant to traditional treatments. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/21 - 12:48 pm
Current look of the city police data portal

The current look of the Analyze Boston police data portal.

Boston Police have started looking at building a Web site that would let the public see data from arrests and other incidents in a variety of ways, including on maps.

But first, BPD Supt. James Hasson and city CIO David Elges said today, the city hopes to restore a long-standing data set of the information on the city's Analyze Boston public data portal. Read more.

By adamg - 4/6/21 - 9:44 am

The Crimson reports Harvard researchers who hoped to release particles into the atmosphere to see if they could reduce the amount of sunshine hitting the earth were blocked by protests from the Saami Council, which represents Saami living in an area of Sweden where the tests were to be done.

The researchers are looking at sunlight blocking as a possible way to reduce global warming, not as a future plot of a James Bond movie.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 11:14 am

MIT News reports have created synthetic mucins - the key ingredient of mucus - which could lead to new antibacterial treatments, because it turns out that, more than just being messy, mucus can help fend off the microorganisms. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/21 - 10:08 pm

Richard "RMS" Stallman announced he's back on the board of directors of the Free Software Foundation, 18 months after he resigned in a hailstorm of controversy over comments suggesting Jeffrey Epstein's underage victims were "entirely willing." Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/21 - 5:27 pm

The T has issued a statement on the derailment in the area where workers were supposedly making track improvements at Wellington today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/21 - 11:26 am

MIT reports some of its researchers have figured out how to use X rays to virtually unravel and even read centuries-old letters that were carefully folded and "locked" in the days before envelopes were invented and offered some measure of privacy. Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/21 - 8:49 pm
321 Harrison Ave. rendering

Rendering of 321 Harrison Ave.

A Kendall Square company that builds life-sciences labs has an agreement to buy an existing office building at 1000 Washington St. and a second office building under construction next door at 321 Harrison Ave., across from the Ink Block in the South End, and is seeking BPDA approval to convert the eight new floors of space for use as life-sciences labs. Read more.

By adamg - 2/8/21 - 5:12 pm

Researchers at MIT report they've discovered that two sheets of graphene - an incredibly thin carbon hexagonal lattice - one layered atop the other, create an unusual "ferroelectric" property that could lead to "neuromorphic computing," which "could usher in new, faster information-processing paradigms." Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/21 - 10:38 am

Winthrop School Superintendent Lisa Howard says state and federal investigators have joined local police in looking at who might be attacking Winthrop's Internet provider and making it difficult for students to participate in remote learning in recent days. In e-mail to parents yesterday afternoon, she wrote: Read more.

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