Imperial Valley News
Berkeley, California - Lentils probably aren’t going to knock bacon off the nation’s plates anytime soon. But “Lentil Underground,” a new book by a recent Ph.D. and ongoing researcher at UC Berkeley, makes the case that lentils - and similar legumes - could help restore American farmland and farmers whose soil and profits have been depleted by decades of industrial agriculture.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Together, obesity and Type 2 diabetes rank among our nation’s greatest health problem, and they largely result from what many call an “addiction” to sugar. But solving this problem is more complicated than solving drug addiction, because it requires reducing the drive to eat unhealthy foods without affecting the desire to eat healthy foods when hungry.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - It’s early afternoon on Friday, January 16. On the third floor of MIT’s Building 34, three classrooms are buzzing with excitement. This is the assigned home base for Team PuzzFeed, whose members are clustered at round tables, refreshing their laptop screens impatiently. They’re waiting for 1:17 p.m. - the slated start time for the 2015 MIT Mystery Hunt. “It’s up!” someone shouts, and the team cheers as the first puzzles load online.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - When medical-school graduates apply for their residencies, they use a centralized clearinghouse that matches applicants with jobs. This system has sometimes been challenged, such as in a lawsuit several years ago that claimed salaries of residents were reduced by this centralized matching method.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - For MIT senior Shannon Kao, expert storytelling is essential, even - if not especially - when it comes to coding. The computer science major relies on narrative everywhere from her science fiction writing to her research on educational computer games at the MIT Media Lab - and it all stems from a childhood replete with books.
Cambridge, Massachusetts - Optimization algorithms, which try to find the minimum values of mathematical functions, are everywhere in engineering. Among other things, they’re used to evaluate design tradeoffs, to assess control systems, and to find patterns in data.