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American Socrates

Noam Chomsky, for more than five decades, has epitomized what it means to be intellectual. He is brilliant, fiercely independent, ruthlessly honest and fearless in naming the crimes of the power elite and their liberal apologists.

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE



NSA Row Sparks Rush for Encrypted Email

A new push to encrypt email, keeping messages free from government snooping, is gaining momentum.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



‘Gobbledygook’ Papers Flood Academia to Prove a Point

Three MIT students set out to expose how much crud gets accepted to scientific conferences; Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was swayed by so-called science to sign an anti-gay bill; meanwhile, Bitcoin may have some value beyond that of an online currency. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



Dorothy, Don’t Go Home! Kansas Could Be Worse Than Russia for LGBT Folk

The Kansas House of Representatives passed an anti-gay segregation bill this week; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders could start a revolution if he ran as a Green Party presidential candidate; meanwhile, a new “Medici” is funding a journalistic endeavor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Real ‘Iron Man’ Body Armor?

The U.S. Army is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build an exoskeleton that would give its troops “superhuman strength.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE


Tiny ‘Terminator’ Cube Robots Are Here (Video)

Scientists at MIT have unveiled cube shaped-robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes, and which they hope will one day be able to “accomplish specific tasks in combat or emergency situations,” the BBC reports.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Pavlov’s Dog Meets Social Media

Robert Morris and Dan McDuff, Ph.D. students at MIT, noticed they were wasting a combined 50 hours per week on Facebook. Their solution to decreasing excessive usage? Pavlov’s Poke.

Posted on Aug 24, 2013 READ MORE



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False Memory Phenomenon Demonstrated in Mice

Scientists believe they caught a glimpse of the process of false memory creation by manipulating laboratory mice to “remember” an experience that never happened.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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New Program Builds a Map of Your Email Life (Video)

A recently launched online service offers a visual representation of the email metadata scooped up by the NSA and England’s intelligence agency GCHQ by organizing your inbox according to the people with whom you correspond.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 READ MORE



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One Drug to Shrink All Tumors?

A single drug has proven capable of shrinking or curing human breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors that were transplanted into mice by overriding a chemical that normally blocks the immune system from destroying cancer cells.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Aaron Swartz’s Idealism

A sensitive, personal and varied account of Aaron Swartz’s life, filled with excerpts from his blog and statements made by friends and family, offers more insight into the personality of the 26-year-old programmer and political activist who killed himself under pressure from federal prosecutors earlier this year.

Posted on Mar 20, 2013 READ MORE



Birth Control Is the New Poison

Laws proposed this year include a bill whose proponent is an Oklahoma cardiologist who sees venomous effects in hormonal contraception for women; the Obama administration has created a policy that will allow more public access to federally financed research; meanwhile, an Italian newspaper claims Pope Benedict resigned thanks to pressure from a secret gay lobby. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE



The News That Wasn’t Fit to Print

The New York Times ignores a historic environmental demonstration in D.C.; accused hacker Jeremy Hammond speaks out against the government’s faulty “cybersecurity strategy” regarding Aaron Swartz’s prosecution; meanwhile, nudists in Vienna attend an art exhibit on “Nude Men From 1800 to Today” to show off their goods. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE



Drama Over Including Gays in Immigration Reform

Though President Obama is trying to find a place for gay binational couples in his immigration reform plan, Republicans such as Sen. Lindsey Graham just won’t have it; as a tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, MIT should make academic articles free to the public; meanwhile, new studies show that urbanites have developed neural responses that keep them constantly on the lookout for danger. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Retaliates for Swartz’s Suicide

Members of Anonymous, a collection of digital pranksters working for democracy in the dark places of the Web, said Saturday that they had hijacked the site of the U.S. Sentencing Commission as well as a trove of sensitive documents to take revenge for the death of Internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz.

Posted on Jan 26, 2013 READ MORE


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Prosecuting Prosecutorial Abuse

Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Heymann must be held accountable for their actions during their prosecution of the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz; in China, a father hired online “assassins” to kill his son’s avatar in an attempt to save his real life; meanwhile, the U.S. is giving the Afghan government a fleet of drones. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 18, 2013 READ MORE



Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11.

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE



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MIT Refused to Accept Swartz Plea Bargain, Lawyer Says

A lawyer for Aaron Swartz—the 26-year-old programmer and open-Internet activist who reportedly committed suicide Friday under pressure from threat of prosecution—says MIT refused to endorse a deal that would have granted Swartz probation or deferred prosecution.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



The Newest Phenomenon in Israeli Politics

Naftali Bennett, a “forty-year-old settlement leader, software entrepreneur, and ex-Army commando,” is the face of Israel’s new religious right, and he’s ready to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a run for his money; a woman stole a train in Sweden and crashed it into an apartment building; meanwhile, although Jodie Foster’s coming out speech certainly made a statement, some LGBT activists argue she should have done so sooner. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Anonymous Honors Aaron Swartz by Hacking MIT

In its tribute to Internet activist Aaron Swartz posted on MIT’s website, the hacktivist collective said it wanted to use “this tragedy to be a basis for reform of computer crime laws, and the overzealous prosecutors who use them.”

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Robo-Worm Might Give You the Creeps

Scientists funded by the Pentagon have created a robot for the purpose of looking into hard-to-reach places, from spaces trapped beneath earthquake rubble to the private quarters of state enemies.

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: P.J. Crowley

This week we give a nod to former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley, who had the audacity to publicly criticize the Defense Department’s treatment of alleged WikiLeaks accomplice Pfc. Bradley Manning and was obliged to step down Sunday as a result.

Posted on Mar 18, 2011 READ MORE


How Robots Clean Up an Oil Spill

Those nerds at MIT have come up with something really amazing (not the first time). It’s a swarm of autonomous robots that talk to each other as they make their way around a spill, gobbling up the oil. Why didn’t we think of that?

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Scoping Out Sexual Discrimination in Science

Debates about gender equality in the sciences are nothing new, but now the stakes may be higher for universities with science funding from the federal government to prove that sexual discrimination isn’t present in their departments. Title IX isn’t just for sports anymore.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008 READ MORE


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stars.mit.edu

MIT Student With ‘Hoax Device’ Arrested at Airport

First came January’s “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” faux bomb scare, and now this Boston-area “hoax device” news: MIT sophomore Star Simpson was arrested at gunpoint at Logan Airport on Friday for wearing a computer circuit board and wiring on her black sweatshirt, with “Socket To Me” written on the back. Oops.

Posted on Sep 21, 2007 READ MORE


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