President L. Rafael Reif and former Intel CEO Craig Barrett published a column in the Financial Times yesterday urging the federal government to spare scientific research dollars from the impending sequestration. “To slash America’s R&D capability in the name of fiscal responsibility would be akin to seeking greater efficiency for an aircraft by jettisoning the engines,” they wrote.

On Monday, the Cambridge City Council passed a rezoning petition from Forest City Enterprises that will allow for new Millenium Pharmaceuticals offices and labs in a 95-foot building on MIT property at 300 Massachusetts Ave., abutting Random Hall. The vote followed comments from local residents, who expressed a range of opinions on the issue.

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