Tag: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Should We Soak the Rich? You Bet!

Donald Trump promised struggling working-class voters that he heard their frustrations and would act. He did: He pushed through a tax cut that made income inequality worse. In 2018, for the first time, the 400 richest American households paid a lower average tax rate than any other income group, according to new research by two […]

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In the Sea, Not All Plastic Lasts Forever

A major component of ocean pollution is less devastating and more manageable than usually portrayed, according to a scientific team at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, Mass., and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previous studies, including one last year by the United Nations Environment Program, have estimated that polystyrene, a ubiquitous plastic […]

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M.I.T. Media Lab, Already Rattled by the Epstein Scandal, Has a New Worry

The M.I.T. Media Lab, an unconventional research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been under scrutiny since August, when its financial ties to the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein became public. Now researchers who worked at the lab say that one of its high-profile scientific projects was promoted with misleading claims. At the […]

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A Harvard Professor Doubles Down: If You Take Epstein’s Money, Do It in Secret

It is hard to defend soliciting donations from the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. But Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard Law professor, has been trying. Mr. Lessig is a friend of Joichi Ito, who resigned as the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, as well as from the boards of The New York Times Company and […]

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M.I.T. President Says He Thanked Jeffrey Epstein for Gift in Letter

M.I.T.’s president acknowledged Thursday that he had signed a letter thanking Jeffrey Epstein for a donation in 2012 and said senior members of his administration had approved the receipt of gifts from the disgraced financier as long as Mr. Epstein remained anonymous. The president, L. Rafael Reif, made the disclosure in an email to the […]

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American Universities Are Addicted to Billionaires

What gets me is the unctuous, oozing chumminess — the unembarrassed, hat-in-hand genuflection toward the pedophile rainmaker. There was Joichi Ito, director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious Media Lab, with a problem well known to anyone who’s ever labored in academia: He was low on funds. But unlike, say, the thousands of adjunct professors […]

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He Who Must Not Be Tolerated

Voldemort? Of all the terrible details of the gross fraud that the former head of the M.I.T. Media Lab, Joichi Ito, and his minions perpetrated in trying to cover up donations by Jeffrey Epstein to the high-profile tech research lab, perhaps giving a pedophile a nickname of a character in a book aimed at children […]

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Director of M.I.T.’s Media Lab Resigns After Outcry Over Jeffrey Epstein Ties

The director of M.I.T.’s prestigious Media Lab stepped down on Saturday after an outcry over his financial ties with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. “After giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks, I think that it is best that I resign as director of the media lab […]

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Donations Create a Schism at M.I.T.’s Revered Media Lab

Joichi Ito gave himself some advice in 2008: “Reminder to self,” he wrote on Twitter. “Don’t invest with or take money from assholes.” Then, over the next decade, he accepted about $1.7 million from Jeffrey Epstein. That money from Mr. Epstein, the disgraced financier who killed himself in jail last month while facing federal sex-trafficking […]

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Behold Mortichnia, the Death Trail of an Ancient Worm

More than half a billion years ago, in what is today southern China, a worm resembling an ear of wheat moved along a stretch of sediment underwater, paused, and left a detailed imprint of its undercarriage in the wet earth. Then it moved a little further and died. Its body, seven inches long and segmented, […]

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Jeffrey Epstein Donations to M.I.T. Will Be Focus of University Inquiry

A week after Joichi Ito, the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab, apologized for his ties to the disgraced New York financier Jeffrey Epstein, the president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced that the university would investigate its dealings with Mr. Epstein. In an email sent Thursday evening to the M.I.T. community that was […]

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Soap, Detergent and Even Laxatives Could Turbocharge a Battery Alternative

Living in a world with smartphones, laptops and cars powered by batteries means putting up with two things: waiting for a depleted battery to charge, and charging it more frequently when its once-long life inevitably shortens. That’s why the battery’s cousin, the supercapacitor, is still in the game, even though batteries dominate electricity storage. “There […]

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2 Prominent Academics to Cut Ties to M.I.T. Media Lab Over Epstein Link

Two educators affiliated with the M.I.T. Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they would end their relationships with the research institute over its ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier who was facing federal sex-trafficking charges when he killed himself this month. The planned departures of the educators, the associate professor […]

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Trump’s Trade War Is Breeding Patriots in China

BEIJING — Earlier this week the Chinese government aggressively devalued its currency — the clearest sign yet that it is hunkering down for a protracted fight with the United States over trade. Currency devaluation is the mother of all retaliations. The move, designed to help offset the Trump administration’s tariffs against China, could goad America […]

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Fernando Corbató, a Father of Your Computer (and Your Password), Dies at 93

Fernando Corbató, whose work on computer time-sharing in the 1960s helped pave the way for the personal computer, as well as the computer password, died on Friday at a nursing home in Newburyport, Mass. He was 93. His wife, Emily Corbató, said the cause was complications of diabetes. At his death he was a professor […]

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Why Is There So Much Saudi Money in American Universities?

One spring afternoon last year, protesters gathered on a sidewalk alongside a busy street in Cambridge, Mass. City buses rolled past. Car horns sounded. A few pedestrians paused briefly before continuing on their way. The location was 77 Massachusetts Avenue, in front of a limestone-and-concrete edifice that serves as the gateway into the Massachusetts Institute […]

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