Microsoft Research Lab Will Expand To Cambridge, Conduct Academic Research
As other high-technology companies cut back on their research laboratories, Microsoft continues to increase its ranks of free-rein thinkers.
Commonwealth’s Memorandum In Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss
The device worn by the defendant to Logan Airport was an assembled object. The defendant asserts that the device she wore to Logan airport does not constitute a hoax device because “separate components … cannot constitute a hoax device.” (D. Supp. Mem. 13). The defendant, however, cites no authority for this proposition and declines to inform the Court how this proposition, even if true, specifically applies to the defendant in this case. Presumably, the defendant is referring to the fact that she disconnected the 9-volt battery from the rest of her device upon leaving Terminal C. The defendant’s argument fails for two reasons. Most obviously, it fails because a person who violates G.L. c. 266, § 102A1/2, by employing a hoax device with the required intent, does not escape criminal liability because she thereafter disassembles the device. The defendant in this case can no more escape criminal liability under § 102A1/2 than can a defendant escape liability for unlawful possession of a firearm because, after he displays the firearm in question, he disassembles it. It was still a firearm at the time of the offense. In this case, the battery was attached to the defendant’s device from the time she entered Terminal C until the time she left it. It is irrelevant that she detached the battery as she left the terminal.
MIT-Affiliated Research Center Builds an Energy-Saving City
In an ever more crowded world facing environmental limits, the push is on to create entire communities with reduced needs for energy, water, land and other resources.
Oversubscribed Biology Class Will Spill Into 4-370
Although 659 people have preregistered for Introductory Biology (7.013), only 566 seats are available in the 26-100 lecture hall where the subject will be taught. Students who cannot fit in 26-100 will still be able to see the lecture via a live video stream shown in 4-370. A course instructor and teaching assistants will be in the overflow room to answer students’ questions.
Students, Supporters Turn Out For Obama
On the eve of Super Tuesday, eager Bostonians stuffed themselves into crowded Silver Line buses. They followed signs held by Barack Obama volunteers titled “This way for change” to a long, winding line outside the Seaport World Trade Center.
MIT Professors, Christensen Talk ‘Jumper’
In a battle waged with popcorn, floodlights, chalk and star power, science and art squared off in a lecture hall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology one recent evening.
Was Star’s LED Star Protected Speech?
Star A. Simpson ’10, who faces charges of possessing a hoax device, came back to the East Boston District Court last Friday, Feb. 1 for a pretrial hearing. At the hearing, her attorney asked the court to dismiss the case. The judge said that he would rule on that motion on March 21, The Associated Press reported.
States Prepare to Test New Voting Systems, Ballot-Counting Tactics
After California ordered a switch to paper ballots from touch-screen voting machines for Tuesday’s primary, election officials in 7,200-square-mile Riverside County had to decide the best way to pick up the ballots so they could be centrally counted on time: helicopter or truck?
Bush’s Final Budget Hints at Tough Decisions to Come For His Successor
President Bush’s final budget, a $3-trillion plan offered on Monday that would continue his tax cuts and sharply reduce domestic spending, has little chance of surviving in a Democratic Congress. But the problems it lays out will survive and grow, presenting tough choices for the next administration.
Hispanic Voting Bloc Expands As Immigrants Become Citizens
Spurred by the widespread crackdown on illegal immigration and by the strident tone of the national immigration debate, Latinos are gearing up for Tuesday’s voting with an eye toward making Hispanics a decisive voting bloc nationwide in November.
When Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was ready to deliver his endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama, Kennedy did not call Obama headquarters. He got in touch with Tom Daschle, the former Senate Democratic leader who had quietly been serving as the liaison between Obama and fellow senators.
An article about the Prophet Muhammad in the English-language Wikipedia has become the subject of an online protest in the last few weeks because of its representations of Muhammad, taken from medieval manuscripts.
Candidates Blitz States As Key Super Tuesday Votes Approach
The presidential candidates from both parties campaigned frenetically on Monday, making their final pushes with a series of rallies and blitzes of television commercials for a last bout of November-style campaigning before more than 20 states vote in Tuesday’s virtual national primary.
The Day After Tomorrow
It always rains on the loser’s day parade. Storms are sweeping in like defensive linemen swarming after a scrambling quarterback. Relatively warm temperatures will peak around fifty degrees Fahrenheit before cooler air and precipitation sneak in like slot receivers on a third down slant route. The high pressure system responsible for our recent spate of clement weather is slipping away like dreams of a perfect season and a Super Bowl victory.
MIT wrestler Joseph B. Silverman ’10 has been impressive all season for the Engineers, but his performance in January 26’s quad meet will be one to remember. In front of his home crowd, Silverman defeated Bridgewater State University’s James Quinlan, the top ranked wrestler in New England and seventh ranked Division III wrestler in the nation at 184 pounds. The 4-0 decision was one of three victories on the day for Silverman, bringing his overall individual record to 21-11 this season.
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Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, Giants End Patriots’ Perfect Run
In last week’s issue of <i>The Tech</i>, I wrote that Super Bowl XLII would be the “coronation of the greatest football team in history. … Patriots win, no-contest. New England is better in every facet of the game.” Well, clearly I was wrong.
Game of the Week: Yuan’s Jumper Lifts Engineers Over Coast Guard
A baseline jumper by Clara J. Yuan ’09 with 7.2 seconds on the clock helped lift MIT to a 47-45 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday. With the win, the Engineers improved to 9-9 on the year and 2-5 in conference play, while the Bears (14-3), previously on a school-record seven game winning streak, suffered its first NEWMAC loss of the season.
It’s a Big, Big World
In the Buenos Aires financial district, rusting metal riot blockades remain on the sidewalks near the banks, which are modern-day fortresses, outfitted in concrete and secured by guards. In public plazas, black gates surround statues of political figures to protect them from vandalism. Politically charged graffiti is littered throughout Avenida de Mayo, the street that connects Congress to Plaza de Mayo – Buenos Aires’ historical location of political protest. At dusk, <i>cartoneros –</i> who would otherwise be unemployed – pick through city trash bins in search of cardboard scraps to sell. At night, homeless individuals sleep in doorways of closed shops in the upper class Recoleta neighborhood.