MIT Students Want to Offend You Into Giving to the Homeless

A screenshot from “Hobo Jacket” Authors of a website who claim to be students at MIT are attempting to offend us into donating to the […]


The Day MIT Hacked Harvard-Yale

  To America’s blue bloods, the annual Harvard-Yale matchup is a sacred event. Hell, President John F. Kennedy once said that the rush his job […]

how mit became the most important university in the world

How MIT Became the Most Important University in the World

And why Harvard—Harvard!—is scrambling to catch up.

edX Online Classes

With EdX, School’s Out—Forever

A new online education program from Harvard and MIT is poised to transform what it means to go to college.


This is Why College Tuition Continues to Soar

Move, over MIT: Here comes Bridgewater State! (Photo via Thinkstock) Despite a slow economy and low level of inflation, the price of a college education […]


Curt Schilling, Shilling

“It’s almost a slap in the face to someone who really is bootstrapping – to see someone given 10’s of millions just because of their name.”


Rankling with U.S. News and World Report College Rankings

U.S. News and World Report released their annual list of college and university rankings yesterday, and Boston-area schools are well represented yet again. Harvard and […]


Three More Star Wars-esque Studies (Think: Mind Control)

Not too long ago, I wrote up an interview with Ed Boyden, an assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab. It was a Q&A about […]


Mitt Romney Is Just Like You. He Is Forbidden to Sleep Under Bridges

It seems possible that Mitt Romney might not be feeling the same pain as someone who may lose their health insurance, their home, their life savings and the chance for their kids to go to college if he doesn’t get a job soon. It was not a particularly effective “I feel your pain” moment for Romney.


MIT Commencement: A Xerox Copy

A few weeks ago, I drove out to the University of Rochester for my little sister’s college graduation, where Xerox CEO Ursula Burns delivered the […]


Straightening My Hair With Science!

So you might not have noticed, but last week was a solid sheet of rain. Curiously enough, it was also one of my best hair […]

Arts & Entertainment

MIT Gets Even Brighter This Weekend

In celebration of MIT’s 150th birthday, dozens of architects, design students, dreamers, and deep thinkers will transform the riverbanks of the Charles for a limited […]


Optogenetics: Helping Blind Mice See The Light

Last week, researchers formally announced in Molecular Therapy that they had at last found a way to make blind mice see — a true glimmer […]


MIT Study Says Don't Walk in the Rain

A rainy day in Boston for most of us means, well, carry an umbrella. But if you happen to be on the faculty of MIT, […]


Geek Beat: MIT's Shiny New Mind Reader

MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research just got itself a brand new, four-years-in-the-making, $4-million brain-scanning machine. It’s non-invasive, tracks thoughts by the millisecond, and looks […]