Last spring, news of the discovery of proof of the Higgs Boson particle swept MIT’s campus, prompting discussion in classrooms, on social networks and email lists, and in casual conversations among students. During this news blitz, the recurring question on my mind was, what exactly is the Higgs Boson? Since I have no theoretical physics knowledge, I didn’t understand the significance of it at all.
In the past few months, several of the richest universities in the U.S. have announced their endowment performances for the 12 months ending on June 30. MIT’s endowment grew to $10.1 billion, the highest value achieved in its history. MIT’s primary investment pool, produced a return of 8 percent, topping returns at other schools, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford, the four private universities with deeper pockets than MIT.
Two dead bodies were found in the Charles River this week. On Monday, the unidentified body of a 62-year-old man was found near the Boston University Boathouse. On Tuesday, police identified through dental records the body of 23-year-old Jonathan Dailey, a second-year graduate student at Boston Architectural College. He was discovered at the bottom of the river, chained to a cinder block. Dailey had been missing since Oct. 2 and was taking a semester off from graduate school.
PARIS — Libya is preparing to bring a wide range of charges against a son of Moammar Gadhafi, and to begin his trial by February, lawyers for Libya told the International Criminal Court at The Hague on Wednesday. They appeared at a hearing dealing with the question of whether Libya or the international court has the right to try the younger Gadhafi as well as a powerful intelligence chief in his father’s regime.
The private equity giants Blackstone Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts are longtime rivals that compete for multibillion-dollar deals. But during last decade’s buyout boom, according to newly released emails in a civil lawsuit accusing them of collusion, the two firms appeared to be on much cozier terms.
Polar air continues to move into our region, and the first frost looks imminent tonight. In fact, temperatures could reach the freezing point outside Boston! A high pressure sitting in the Midwest is pulling cold air from Canada down into New England. Winds should be somewhat stiff today as well, but will subside on Saturday. By that time, the high pressure will reach us and provide clear, dry conditions. The cold temperatures will not last long because a low pressure will approach the Great Lakes, pushing warm air into the Northeast by Monday. Any significant rain chances should hold off until late Sunday. So the jacket is a better choice over the umbrella this weekend.
SANAA, Yemen — A senior Yemeni officer working in the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa was killed Thursday in an attack that security sources said bore the hallmarks of the regional al-Qaida franchise. The killing comes amid sharp American scrutiny of security at foreign diplomatic posts in the wake of the militant assault one month ago on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which killed a U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, and three other diplomatic personnel.
Toyota announced on Wednesday that it was recalling 7.4 million vehicles worldwide, including 2.5 million in the United States, to repair power-window switches that can break down and pose a fire risk.
There are 25 days left until November 6, 2012. In the week and a half since the first presidential debate, polls have shifted significantly, changing the Electoral College (EC) math. While Governor Romney holds a lead in the national nationwide polling average, the popular vote is not an accurate barometer from which to measure the outcome of the coming election, since it is the Electoral College (the delegates afforded to individual states) that will determine the victor. Therefore, election-watchers (and the candidates) will closely be watching the individual state by state polls as the race comes down to the wire.
Science today has an image problem. Too often it is seen as an esoteric activity of academics, whose results have no influence on the daily lives of the American people. When the news of the neutrinos supposedly going faster of light was reported and the public saw the scientific community scramble to debunk this claim, I cannot help but wonder what an American who does not follow science thought of the coverage.
State Delegates Current Poll Averages (Real Clear Politics aggregate) Shift in October in % Points(by most recent individual polls) Florida 29 Romney +1 Romney +3.5 Pennsylvania 20 Obama +4 Romney +4 Ohio 18 Obama +1 Romney +7 Michigan 16 Obama +6 Romney +9 North Carolina 15 Romney +3 Romney +6 Virginia 13 Tie Romney +5 Missouri 10 Romney +5 No Change Wisconsin 10 Obama +5 Romney +9 Colorado 9 Romney +0.5 Romney +3.5 Iowa 6 Obama +3 Romney +2 Nevada 6 Obama +1 Romney +3 New Hampshire 4 Obama +4.5 Romney +6 TOTAL DELEGATES 156 (270 needed to win) Likely/Lean Obama (all states): 217 (53 to go) Likely/Lean Romney (all states): 181 (89 to go)
You know the dull wall of Building E38 (pink, cream, whatever) that runs between MIT Press and Cosi? The other day somebody had the audacity (dare I say, the good heart) to spray-paint two machine guns with barrels curved together in the shape of a heart. When I saw this act of vandalism, I smiled and nodded. For I have learned to appreciate this kind of art. Street art. And it’s thanks to Banksy.
You may think of a painting as a work of art, but do you ever think of a paintbrush as one? What about music — you may think of musical pieces as works of art, but how do you view musical instruments? Are they just tools, or can they be works of art themselves?
If you’re particular about coffee, you know about Area Four already — their shots are dense, their lattes are tiny and strong, and if, like me, you have a shameful preference for vats of the watery American stuff, they do a great job at that, too.
Despite the fact that Looper’s entire premise is time travel, it’s not your typical sci-fi film. It is hard to give a summary of the film without unraveling the plot, which speaks to how intricate the storyline is. Without giving too much away, the film centers on Joe (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who is meant to kill his future self (played by Bruce Willis). Little does he know that his future self has a plan of his own to both stay alive and prevent future events.
MIT Women’s Tennis started off against Clark by sweeping the doubles matches, ultimately defeating Clark 7-2. Julia C. Hsu ’14 picked up wins in doubles and singles, including the match-clinching singles victory. After the No. 3 team of Vynnie J. Kong ’15 and Meghana Vasireddy ’16 dominated the first doubles set with an 8-0 win, the Engineers went on to take the rest of the doubles matches. Ava P. Soleimany ’16 took the first singles match of the night with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 5 match, followed by Hsu with a score of 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2. Alana H. Peters ’16 made it 6-0 in MIT’s favor with a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the No. 6 match.