March 20, 2019
MIT is launching a new Down syndrome research center thanks to a gift from the Alana Foundation, reports the AP. The center “will combine the expertise of scientists and engineers in an effort to increase understanding of the biology and neuroscience of Down syndrome.”
Senior research fellow Joel Brenner participated in a discussion led by WBUR’s Tiziana Dearing about cloud security. “If you want to make your network secure, you really have to do three things,” explains Brenner. “You have to be able to know for certain who’s on it, what is running on it and what traffic is moving through it.”
MIT’s Solve initiative is accepting solutions for its Circular Economy Challenge, which focuses on renewable energy and waste elimination. “Ideas that help communities move towards zero waste and zero carbon through STEM education on new design and production techniques could win the GM Circular Economy Prize,” writes Natalie Parletta for Forbes.
AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin writes for Forbes about the similarities and differences between retirement and summer vacation for kids. “Retirement positively dwarfs summer vacation in the amount of time involved—yet many peoples’ plans for retirement look a lot like plans for a summer vacation,” writes Coughlin.