In a large, press-filled event at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) Monday, scientists and legislators celebrated the restoration of funding to Alcator C-Mod. The ceremony began with the press of a giant red button, signifying the restart of nuclear fusion experiments at the facility.
BANGKOK — The head of Thailand’s army, one of the most powerful institutions in the country, appeared to distance himself from the goals of anti-government protesters in a nationally televised speech on Monday that analysts said was a signal to the Thai public.
WASHINGTON — Televisions around the White House were aglow with pictures of Ukrainians in the streets, demanding to be heard and toppling a government aligned with Russia. It was an invigorating moment, and it spurred the president and his staff to rethink their approach to the world.
WASHINGTON — Not long after the uprising in Syria turned bloody late in the spring of 2011, the Pentagon and the National Security Agency developed a battle plan that featured a sophisticated cyberattack on the Syrian military and President Bashar Assad’s command structure.
It seemed to be a thumb in the eye of the U.S. Justice Department. Britain last week criminally charged a former Barclays employee suspected of trying to manipulate global interest rates, even though the authorities in London were aware that the employee had been assisting U.S. prosecutors in a related investigation for more than a year.
WASHINGTON — In trying to decide whether the Environmental Protection Agency has the authority under two programs to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources like power plants, the Supreme Court on Monday faced what Justice Elena Kagan called “the conundrum here.”
When was the last time you saw a live performing circus? Chances are you’ve simply forgotten about circus as a type of performing arts. Indeed, with so many blockbuster movies filled with otherworldly acrobatics, there seems to be a loss of interest in seeing an actual human being putting their life at risk for your entertainment. Nevertheless, the entertaining teams of performers — from Cirque du Soleil to The Big Apple Circus — still deliver some of the most gut-wrenching and captivating shows to people across the world. Last week, Boston hosted the world’s renowned Australian ensemble of acrobats, musicians, and dancers known as Circus Oz.
It’s been almost a year since the Canadian-Danish duo Rhye released their critically acclaimed debut album Woman. Despite the lack of any new official material, lead singer Milosh paid a visit to Boston with his touring band last week and performed most of the album’s songs.
Tim’s Vermeer follows American inventor Tim Jenison as he tests a novel theory about how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer used scientific methods and equipment to paint. Produced and directed by the Penn and Teller illusionist duo, it occasionally takes a cut-and-dried documentarian tone about Jenison’s experiment, but eventually switches to a more intimate examination of Jenison himself. Its big themes, thoughtful editing, and memorable characters put it in a class of films somewhere between History Channel specials and Hollywood dramas.
On Saturday, February 22, the second and final day of the New England Division III Championships, the No. 4 MIT men’s track and field team won the title for the second year in a row, wrapping up the weekend in first out of 26 teams with 121 points. No. 7 Tufts University finished in second with 74 points and Williams College was third with 58.
Despite a late surge that saw WPI come within four points with 54 seconds left to play, MIT hit four free throws down the stretch to claim a 56-48 victory on Saturday, February 22. With the win, MIT claimed the seventh and final spot in the upcoming NEWMAC Championship tournament, marking its first playoff appearance since 2008. MIT will travel to its last postseason foe, No. 2 Wheaton College, on Wednesday, February 26 for a 7:00 p.m. start.
Sochi 2014 came to an end on Sunday, February 23. With security threats in Sochi and a tense Russian political climate, uncertainty surrounded this Olympics. Nevertheless, the Sochi Games delivered all the expected spectacles, from the “oddities” of the Winter Games, like Jamaica’s bobsled team, to a healthy dose of Olympic spirit and sportsmanship, like Swiss Dario Cologna’s 30 minute wait at the 15km cross-country finish line to greet the injured last-place finisher.
Events Feb. 25 – Mar. 3 Tuesday (6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) Intro to Python Workshop, sponsored by Sloan Coders (bring a laptop) — E62-250 Wednesday (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) Artist talk and panel on Fukushima activism, postwar pop, intermedia art, and global hip-hop, sponsored by Foreign Languages & Literatures and MIT/Harvard Cool Japan — E25-111 (6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.) MIT Generator: Students innovating for campus sustainability, with vegetarian dinner — 32-G401 Thursday (5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Build your own solar-powered cell phone charger, sign up at http://fossilfreemit.org — 4-131B (8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.) Esfandgan Winter Party with dance music, light refreshments, and a cash bar, sponsored by GSC Activities and the Persian Students Association of MIT — W20 (Lobdell) Friday (7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.) Gala Sabrosura, semi-formal celebration of Mes Latino, sponsored by Latino/a Cultural Center — W20-208 (10:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.) LSC shows Gravity, tickets on sale in lobby 16 for $4 — 26-100 Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Asian Career Fair, register and submit resume online, sponsored by the SAO, GECD, MISTI, and Naturejobs — W20 (La Sala) Sunday (4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) An Evening of Sarod Music and Kathak Dance, tickets at MITHAS.org, sponsored by Music and Theater Arts — W16 (Kresge Little Theater) Monday (4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.) France’s Jewish Star: Rachel at the Comedie Francaise, with speaker Maurice Samuels, sponsored by Foreign Languages & Literatures and Comedie Francaise Registers Project — 14E-304 (5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) Paper Engineering Page Turns for Music Scores, with composer and vocalist Erin Gee and MIT Libraries conservator Jana Dambrogio, sponsored by MIT Libraries — 14E-109 Send your campus events to firstname.lastname@example.org.