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MIT and the shortcut to Nirvana
A team from MIT visits a Kumbh site. Photo via Ramesh Raskar.
It is the largest religious gathering on earth. The colorful and chaotic Kumbh Mela, (Kumbh, for short), a triennial event hosted by one of India’s four second-tier cities, draws devotees by the millions. Now, thanks to Ramesh Raskar, a MIT Media Lab professor whose hometown, Nashik, is the venue for upcoming Kumbh, it has drawn tech-minded folks from Boston as well. Read More
VC bubble or not, sea of funding options is boon for entrepreneurs
GREYCROFT PRINCIPAL ELLIE WHEELER AND FORMLABS SALES AND OPERATIONS LEAD LUKE WINSTON SPEAK AT MIT VC & INNOVATION CONFERENCE. (MIMI PHAN/MIT SLOAN SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT)
Are we in a venture capital bubble? No one quite agrees as to whether we are or not, and venture capitalists and industry analysts have staked out on both sides of the debate over the course of 2014. Whether or not a bubble exists, it is clear that soaring valuations, increased venture funding, and a sea of new financing options are opening up more doors for entrepreneurs seeking funding. Read More
Solve for Double X
Lesson #1 in succeeding in computer science as a woman? There will be trolls
Which one is not like the other.
December is a pretty great month for computer science, in part because it's the month when we get to celebrate the work of two incredible women who made foundational contributions to the field: Ada Lovelace was born 199 years ago, and Grace Hopper graced us with her presence 108 years ago this month.  Read More
Swift response
YouTube-famous MIT physics professor engaged in sexual harassment, investigation finds
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Walter Lewin, a retired MIT physicist and professor whose dynamic classroom antics and dramatic teaching style are legendary on campus and online, sexually harassed at least one student who enrolled in an online course he taught, according to an MIT investigation that was revealed today. The university is removing Lewin's teaching material hosted on MIT's online education platforms, including those on MITx, edX and OpenCourseware.  Read More
Innovation Economy
Trolling campuses for the next Facebook
(From left) Barron Roth, John Moore, middle and Luke Sorensen discuss Downtyme during a development meeting at Boston University. (Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff)
Two April days, separated by a decade. Two college sophomores walk into the Charles Square complex in Cambridge to meet with prospective investors. They’ve both built apps to help students communicate with friends on campus, and attracted a small community of users. Read More
Now you see it
Magic materials fold themselves at MIT exhibition this month
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Time is the fourth dimension. That's the first thing you need to know before you enter the 3-D/4-D exhibition that opened this week at an MIT gallery this week. Sheets of wood, metal and cloth that are 3-D printed into fantastic structures are on display at the Keller Gallery on campus, but the real twist is this: They are programmed to shape-shift over time. Read More
New Angels
Angel Boot Camp: The Peace Corps for millionaires
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If you missed the Angel Boot Camp at MIT’s Tang Center the other day, you missed a lot. Organizers Jon Pierce, Rob Go, and Jay Acunzo put together an amazing lineup of angel investors and brilliant startup savants. Read More