Scattered thunderstorms are not over.
The hot, scattered rainstorms that characterized this past week are set to continue. The past week brought heavy rain and thunder most days, creating a danger of flash floods. In the next few days, watch for more flash flood warnings due to heavy thunderstorms, at least until Sunday. After a summer of relatively light rain, this week reminds us that we live in New England. However, New England isn’t the only region to have heavy rains this past week. The same rain that hit Boston traveled up the eastern coast of the U.S., ruining beach trips everywhere. In Colorado, heavy rain and hail caused flooding and much hail damage in the mountain west. It's been a wet week.
Supreme Court upholds third iteration of travel ban
There were 40 total undergraduate and graduate students at MIT from Iran in the 2017–18 academic year, seven from Syria, and five from Venezuela, according to the International Students Office’s annual statistics.
MIT professors spearhead petition in support of Microsoft employees protesting contract with ICE
Microsoft's contract provides ICE with cloud-based services, which would enable the agency to “process data on edge devices or utilize deep learning capabilities to accelerate facial recognition and identification.”
OCW videos blocked, then restored, on YouTube
OCW believes the blockage was actually worldwide, contrary to seemingly location-specific error messages viewers received.
MIT Intelligence Quest initiative renamed MIT Quest for Intelligence
CMS/W Professor Kenneth Manning wrote in the MIT Faculty Newsletter about "IQ and its eugenic uses, especially its espousal of racial inferiority."
Sheryl Sandberg speaks at MIT Commencement
Acknowledging the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Sandberg said, “It's painful when you miss something, when you make the mistake of believing so much in the good you are seeing that you don't see the bad.”
Sheryl Sandberg on the importance of social solutions and the responsibility of technologists
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is MIT’s 2018 commencement speaker. In a short phone interview, she highlighted the message she wants to convey in her speech and discussed how MIT students contribute to the hope she has for the world.
Pre-registration, MIT Medical new portal
Pre-registration for summer and fall 2018 are now open. The deadline to initiate pre-registration and to make fall CI-H/HW selections is June 18.
Three assault incidents reported via ‘timely warning’ emails in May
According to the MIT Police, there is no information to indicate that these three incidents are in any way connected.
New Parental Leave policy allows one month leave for foster, surrogate, birth, and non-birth parents
Students will be paid while on Parental Leave if they are supported by an RA, TA, or fellowship.
East Side Festival revives Steer Roast, East Campus Day
“The intent of this festival was to help the East Campus students explore and create an identity, especially now that new students from Senior House are a part of East Campus,” Maurizio Diaz ’20 explained in a phone interview with The Tech.
MIT Solve holds annual flagship meeting
Solve issues four challenges each year, with this year’s being Work of the Future, Frontlines of Health, Teachers and Educators, and Coastal Communities.
Biology Department to change major requirement course
The changes will involve splitting the 18-unit 7.02 (Introduction to Experimental Biology and Communication) into a 6-unit class followed by a 12-unit class.
The importance of MIT’s telemedicine and telehealth class
MIT's "Telemedicine and Telehealth for Enhancing Global Health" class teaches students valuable information about healthcare accessibility — and it's at risk of not being offered again.
Understanding the Palestinian struggle is not difficult
"Dialogue" is not what is needed in the Palestinian struggle.
Weaving a complex narrative
In the moody future envisioned in Detroit: Become Human, players weave a complex plot of possibility for three androids as they wrestle what it means to be human.
“That’s MY car!”
The ‘Incredibles 2’ is just as entertaining, intelligent, and action-packed as its predecessor. Featuring memorable music and funny moments alike, audiences will not be disappointed by this long-awaited sequel.
Figuring out fancy pizza
Figs has great ambiance, a fantastic location, and some delicious pizzas, though a few pies may miss the mark.
Not in Kansas anymore
A funkalicious, soulful, jazz-packed version of one of the most wonderful stories in history.
A forgettable party
In 'Life of the Party,' Melissa McCarthy portrays a forty-something year old woman named Deanna returning to college to complete her degree. The Life of the Party chronicles her transition from a homely housewife to the “life of party.”
Beauty is only skin deep in ‘Solo’
‘Solo,’ the newest entry in the Star Wars saga, came with high hopes following after the previous stand-alone entry, ‘Rogue One,’ but falls short of every expectation aside from its stunning cinematography.
A story of stories
The performers might be superstars, but they are live people just like the audience, with stories behind their success. From Post Malone to Halsey to Khalid, every young performer repeated the same tale: be your own self, and keep chasing your dreams. Perhaps that’s why these festivals are so popular: because they tell us to carry on, and because they show us people’s dreams truly have no end.
‘We’ll walk this road together, through the storm / Whatever weather, cold or warm’
Boston Calling invites Boston and Cambridge to join a weekend music celebration with incredible headliners each night and numerous performing artists throughout the day. What's not to love?
‘Luck’s not a real superpower!’
In this sequel to the first ‘Deadpool,’ the infamous merc with a mouth pulls together the X-Force in order to protect a young mutant boy from the dangers of Cable, a time-traveling cyborg.
Apocalyptic snakes and warring animal clans
Legend has it that when the world is nearing its final demise, the Harbinger will appear and prevent its end. In 'Omensight,' you play as this supernatural last resort. The death of the Godless Priestess means the loss of the only power keeping back the dark forces of the Void, and when you’re thrown into the game, the Void incarnate, Volden, has already been summoned to devour the world.
Three modes of George Balanchine
Ballet has never been the same since George Balanchine quickened, illuminated, and transformed the artform. Now experience an evening starting from one of his earliest choreographed works to one of his later performances.
The end is near
If anything, these three episodes are about shedding characters from the past four seasons and moving them around to where they can move the company forward. A great deal of plot occurs in these three episodes to place people where they want to be. As we close off this season, I cannot help but feel the end is near.
‘Breaking In’ fails to meet potential
The group seemed to be struggling more than Shaun did, which the audience knew and laughed at.
Hyperlinking through the museum
Just as their combinations started to tire however, the door to the theatre opened, permitting a glimmer of music and lights to waft in from the outside. My curiosity was piqued as the audience began thinning, with members of the ICA crew using makeshift wheelbarrows to casually cart them away to this mystery performance outside. With a mild frisson, I wondered when I might be picked off too.
Consent and consequences
I distinctly remember thinking that all I wanted, even in my intoxicated state, was to be friends.
Ev Baker (1901-1950)
We learned that everyone you met on a trail in the White Mountains of New Hampshire was a friend. Dad’s warm greeting always elicited a response and often a conversation. I thought that my father must know everyone in the world.
Artificial intelligence's meaning is vague, and its definition remains fluid as the field evolves. The Tech interviewed three PhD candidates at CSAIL, LIDS and EECS/EEMS/INCCI at MIT on how they interpret the science, and how they work to advance it.