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The Breaking Point

The Breaking Point

And the slow path to recovery

May 25, 2022 | Anna I.

I got off the escalator and stepped onto the platform. Three minutes until the train, eighteen minutes until I get to MIT, twenty minutes until my meeting. My breath was a bit fast: I’d been walking briskly. Suddenly, my chest tightened, and no more air could get in. My first reaction wasn’t fear – it […]

An experimental study of the Holy Cannoli

An experimental study of the Holy Cannoli

The hunt for the greatest dessert in Boston

May 24, 2022 | Ben M.

Introduction The Cannoli is a form of dessert, which, in its most basic form, includes a pastry shell wrapped around a sweet ricotta filling. Historians have long debated the origin of the cannoli. Some say the cannoli originated during the carnival seasons in Palermo, a city on the island of Sicily, Italy. Others say it […]

Getting back to reading for pleasure

Getting back to reading for pleasure

…or an ode to now dead literary references?

May 23, 2022 | Vaishnavi R.

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t read Harry Potter, Catch-22, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Count of Monte Cristo – there are a few references here that you may want to skip. If I were a troubled friend seeking advice, I might ask you to be the Jeeves to my Wooster, or if grad school […]

Reactivating

Reactivating

Mixing Metaphors with Meaning

April 7, 2022 | William B.

As a budding biologist, I am familiar with the way metaphor is employed to effectively communicate scientific concepts. For example, the molecule of the moment is messenger RNA, whose name represents the fact that mRNA is a transient molecule that transports information from the genome to the ribosome (the protein-making machinery), where it is translated […]

The White House is on the phone

The White House is on the phone

And MIT is in my inbox

April 7, 2022 | Will S.

President Jimmy Carter conceded the 1980 election earlier than expected. Ronald Reagan recounted, “I never dreamed it would be in the late afternoon when I was taking a shower, standing there dripping wet, that Nancy told me the White House was on the phone.” A year ago I received an email from another white-columned place, […]