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An Indian-origin MIT researcher has developed a wearable sensor that can detect sexual assaults
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An Indian-origin MIT researcher has developed a wearable sensor that can detect sexual assaults

Manisha Mohan, whose research interest includes wearable technology, has developed a hydrogel sensor strip which can be attached in the inside of any clothing.

Study called 'Human Project' gears up to recruit and ask 10,000 people to share life's data
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Study called 'Human Project' gears up to recruit and ask 10,000 people to share life's data

Researchers are gearing up to start recruiting participants from across the city next year for a study so sweeping it’s called “The Human Project".

Woman convicted in US for encouraging teenage boyfriend to commit suicide, not raising alarm
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Woman convicted in US for encouraging teenage boyfriend to commit suicide, not raising alarm

A 20-year-old US woman was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for ordering her teenage boyfriend to follow through on his long-planned suicide.

Massachusetts is planning to become the leader in offshore wind power
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Massachusetts is planning to become the leader in offshore wind power

At least three companies have expressed interest in the bid: Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind, Denmark's DONG Energy and Vineyard Wind of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Those three have already taken the key step of securing federal leases to develop offshore wind farms miles of the coasts of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, where the state is focusing its offshore wind efforts.

Apple CEO Tim Cook urges MIT graduates to infuse development of technology with their own values
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Apple CEO Tim Cook urges MIT graduates to infuse development of technology with their own values

Speaking to thousands of students at MIT, Apple CEO, Tim Cook praised the benefits of new devices and social media. But he also cautioned that the same technologies.

Paris Climate Agreement: Four US states join alliance committed to upholding deal
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Paris Climate Agreement: Four US states join alliance committed to upholding deal

The governors of four US states (including two Republicans) are joining a bipartisan coalition of states which shall work to meet the goals of the Paris Deal.

Strict background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers starting next year in Massachusetts
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Strict background checks for Uber and Lyft drivers starting next year in Massachusetts

Massachusetts next year will require ride service companies including Uber[UBER.UL] and Lyft to perform the strictest background checks in the United States on all of their drivers, according to a deal reached with the companies on Monday.

Economists from Britain, Finland win Nobel for research on pay, rewards
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Economists from Britain, Finland win Nobel for research on pay, rewards | Reuters

By Daniel Dickson and Niklas Pollard | STOCKHOLM STOCKHOLM British-born Oliver Hart and Finland's Bengt Holmstrom won the Nobel Economics Prize on Monday for work that addresses a host of questions from how best to reward executives to whether schools and prisons should be privately owned.Their findings on contract theory have implications in such areas as corporate governance, bankruptcy legislation and political constitutions, said the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which announced the 8 million Swedish crown ($928,000) prize. "This theory has really been incredibly important, not just for economics, but also for other social sciences," said Per Stromberg, a member of the prize committee and professor at the Stockholm School of Economics.Contract theory considers, for example, whether managers should get paid bonuses or stock options, or whether teachers or healthcare workers should be paid fixed rates or by performance-based criteria.Holmstrom, a 67-year-old professor of economics and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he had been friends with Hart for decades and was thrilled to be sharing the award with him."He's my closest intellectual friend here and a personal friend also. And he has been important for my thinking and I hope I have been important for his thinking," he told Reuters Television at his home in Boston.The nine academics who won Nobel prizes this year in medicine, physics, chemistry and economics included five Britons, a Frenchman, a Finn, a Dutchman and a Japanese

Uber driver expense settlement rejected by US judge
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Uber driver expense settlement rejected by US judge

A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected an attempt by Uber Technologies Inc to settle a class action lawsuit with drivers who claimed they were employees and entitled to expenses.

Seas could rise higher than predicted, drenching coastal cities: study
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Seas could rise higher than predicted, drenching coastal cities: study | Reuters

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global seas could rise nearly twice as much as previous, widely accepted estimates, according to a study published on Thursday saying low-lying cities face possible disaster by the end of the century. Sea levels could surge more than three feet (0.9 meter) by 2100 from melting Antarctic ice alone, on top of a three-foot rise already predicted, said the study by two American researchers that appeared in the science journal Nature. That same Antarctic ice melt could add nearly 50 feet (15 meters) of sea-level rise by the year 2500, it said.

Excerpt of testimony revealed, Bill Cosby's wife says she never read sex assault deposition
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Excerpt of testimony revealed, Bill Cosby's wife says she never read sex assault deposition

The wife of Bill Cosby said she never read a deposition in which her husband acknowledged he gave sedatives to women he was planning to have sex with.

Camille Cosby to give deposition in defamation case against Bill Cosby
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Camille Cosby to give deposition in defamation case against Bill Cosby

It is believed to be the first deposition Camille Cosby has given since dozens of women went public with allegations of sexual misconduct against Bill Cosby

Winter storm targets U.S. East Coast, tornadoes hit South
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Winter storm targets U.S. East Coast, tornadoes hit South | Reuters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK An expansive winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Monday, scuttling almost 1,600 flights, while tornadoes downed trees and flattened homes in the South, trapping some residents in their dwellings. From 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of snow blanketed Washington by nightfall, with less accumulation forecast for New York City

Winter storm targets U.S. East Coast, tornadoes hit South
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Winter storm targets U.S. East Coast, tornadoes hit South | Reuters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK An expansive winter storm bore down on the U.S. East Coast on Monday, scuttling almost 1,600 flights, while tornadoes downed trees and flattened homes in the South, trapping some residents in their dwellings. From 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of snow blanketed Washington by nightfall, with less accumulation forecast for New York City

Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup
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Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup | Reuters

BOSTON, Mass A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people dead. Officials warned people to stay indoors away from what the National Weather Service described as "life threatening" cold. Wind chill advisories were in effect over parts of nine states extending from northern Pennsylvania to western Maine, with forecasters expecting gusts up to 45 miles per hour (72 kph)

Dangerous cold grips northeast U.S., could break Valentine's Day records
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Dangerous cold grips northeast U.S., could break Valentine's Day records | Reuters

BOSTON, Mass A dangerous cold snap seized the northeastern United States on Saturday with temperatures in some areas set to fall below zero and Boston facing its coldest Valentine's Day in almost four decades. Officials warned people to stay indoors away from what the National Weather Service described as "life threatening" cold.

GE moving headquarters to Boston for tech talent, tax cut
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GE moving headquarters to Boston for tech talent, tax cut

General Electric Co said it will move its global headquarters to Boston, tapping the city's technology talent and likely lowering its tax bill as the industrial conglomerate seeks to lift profit and emphasize digital capabilities.

Jury finds Massachusetts teen guilty in teacher's 2013 murder
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Jury finds Massachusetts teen guilty in teacher's 2013 murder | Reuters

LOWELL, Mass. A Massachusetts jury on Tuesday found a teenager guilty of raping and murdering a math teacher at his suburban high school in 2013, rejecting an insanity defence. In finding 16-year-old Philip Chism guilty after about nine hours of deliberations, the jury rejected the defence's argument that he was suffering from a psychotic episode at the time of the 2013 attack and therefore not criminally responsible for his actions

Harvard University searching buildings after bomb threat
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Harvard University searching buildings after bomb threat | Reuters

BOSTON Harvard University said on Monday it had evacuated four buildings on its campus outside Boston after receiving an "unconfirmed" bomb threat and that the search would likely take several hours.