August 15, 2016
Sam Thielman writes for The Guardian that MIT researchers have found that electric vehicles would meet the needs of most American drivers. Prof. Jessika Trancik says her vision is that people would own electric vehicles, “but then being able to very conveniently get an internal combustion engine vehicle to take that long road trip.”
Wall Street Journal reporter Jason Bordoff writes that MIT researchers have produced a map of the Nairobi bus system using GPS data collected from riders’ mobile phones. “With these networks now mapped, users can access the system more easily and efficiently, and local officials can plan bus and train routes around it,” writes Bordoff.
This CNN video highlights the new programmable backpack unveiled during the grand opening of the AFFOA headquarters in Cambridge. MIT alumnus Tairan Wang, COO of AFFOA, explains that the backpack is made with a programmable fabric that allows users to share information. The technology addresses how people initially connect, Wang explains.
Anaridis Rodriguez reports for CBS Boston on the MIT Museum’s Idea Hub, which is aimed at keeping children engaged and enriched throughout the summer months. “I think it is wonderful and inspiring to be here at MIT where there are so many incredibly inventive ideas happening,” parent Laura Hoopes says.
Graduate student Erik Duhaime writes for Forbes about his research with Prof. Evan Apfelbaum on political polarization over taxes. Duhaime and Apfelbaum found that, “giving people personalized taxpayer receipts significantly reduced polarization over taxes, even if it didn’t make everyone suddenly thrilled about paying them.”
Deniz Cam of Forbes highlights MIT graduate Mubarik Mohamoud in an article about students from the Abaarso School in Somaliland, which is aimed at educating the country’s next generation of leaders. After a six-month internship, Mohamoud will return to MIT to pursue a master’s degree in computer science.