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    Profile: Fox unveiled its

    summer prime-time schedule Monday. The schedule includes "MasterChef" on Mondays and

    Tuesdays, "So You Think You Can Dance?" on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and "Glee" reruns on Thursdays.
    But it does not include that promised late-May two-hour pilot screening/sneak peek of its... Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R) won't

    challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) in

    2014, citing a desire to remain in

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    "This fell in my lap. I didn't go out looking for it.
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    I love what I'm doing and I will continue to do that for the balance of my term." Read full article >>A light festooned with crystals takes up residence

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    Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arrivingNOT ONE OF THESE?Like that special lady who kept seeing the U2 guitarist in clouds, toast and pebble-dashed walls, top coaches look for an edge wherever they can find it. But with Spain looking mightier than a pen-and-sword multipack, Cesar Prandelli was struggling to find a weakness to exploit in Italy's Confederations Cup semi-final opponents. Until, that is, reports emerged this week of several Spanish players being robbed at their hotel when a game of str1p poker with a samba band and assorted other guests somehow went wrong. At last a chink of vulnerability from the relentless Iberian ball-busters! But no sooner had Prandelli begun figuring out what

    formation could best expose Spain's apparent inability to concentrate while tracking cards, removing clothes and cavorting with open-minded funsters, than the Italian manager was a foiled

    like a shady old theme park owner at the end of every episode of Scooby Doo. Because it turns out the story was not true."The
    Real Federacion Espanola de Futbol denies completely the news spread by a Brazilian media outlet that infringes upon the good name of the Spanish national side and the honour and professionalism of its players," stormed a Spanish statement that the Fiver is happy to accept was written by a fully-clothed official who would not be distracted by [email protected] revellers if he were ever to play cards, which doubtless he would never do. "Six players of the national team were the subject of a burglary in the team hotel in Recife during the Spain-Uruguay game," continued the thoroughly upstanding statement.
    "This fact was duly reported to the Brazilian police.
    Later

    there has emerged a series of allegations about our players, which the RFEF completely denies and repudiates deeply because they damage the honour of the players and their families and friends."This powerful rebuttal sent Prandelli back to the drawing board, still wondering how his team could possibly beat the European and world champions without Mario Balotelli and with Andrea Pirlo not fully fit.
    Then he hit upon another plan: clutch at straws! "We are the only team to embarrass Spain," he grabbed selectively.
    "We have played three matches against them: we won in Bari in 2011, drew in the Euro 2012 group stages and lost badly in the final. But this will be a completely different match. We have the weapons to fix that if we have courage and personality to do them harm." Now there's a statement to be doubtful about.LIVE
    ON BIG WEBSITE TONIGHTJoin Paul Doyle for MBM coverage of Spain 2-0 Italy from 8pm.QUOTE OF THE DAY"This agreement is a historic event for the whole Champagne region since it marks the recognition of its universal mission" – Tattinger announces its timely status as Fifa's official fizz.
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    LETTERS"On hearing that Macclesfield Town had offered a 10-minute appearance to one lucky supporter for the princely sum of £20,000, I was struck by the

    shortsightedness of their strategy – why limit it to one 10-minute appearance across a whole season? If £20,000 is the going rate for a minimum of 10 minutes, and assuming they sold every minute of the league season (including three subs per game) then, if my maths is right, which it probably isn't, they could net a cool £12.88m.
    Sure, they'd get relegated, but with that windfall they could afford players of the calibre of Stewart Downing to secure promo … on second thoughts, they've probably got their strategy spot on" – James O'Donoghue [our dodgy maths has it at £91.08m,
    without subs, for what it's worth – Fiver Ed]."Oh,
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    Just when we get used to our free daily supper-timely(ish) email sent direct to our inbox, you go and mess with our heads and move to Dubai (yesterday's Fiver), thus screwing up our delivery times and therefore our day.
    Go back to London. We don't want your sort here" – Mark Evans."My
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    However, today the school closed at 12.30pm as it's the start of the school summer holidays up here in Scotland (the definition of summer being 'still cold wet and miserable, but slightly lighter for longer').
    In any case, as usual the Fiver pops up in my inbox two hours after school's out. Coincidence? I think not. This also goes a long way to explaining the journalism you subject us to each day" – Steven Lawson."Apparently the Fiver

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    a naval term and means 2:30. (or 5/8ths of a shipman's period of watch on deck). Five o'clock would be 2 bells. Clearly the lash was not applied during the Fiver's school days [is? – Fiver Ed]" – Wayne Isley.• Send your letters to [email protected] Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver. Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Steven Lawson.JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATESWe keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it.
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    to be outdone in the tussle for the highly coveted title of Welsh Club With The Best Quirkily-Named Signing on A Thursday, Cardiff have snapped up Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen.Isco is a Real Madrid fat burning furnace pdf ability to beat his marker, imagination and speed are some of the qualities that define this midfielder," read a rather informal club statemnent.There
    may be hot summer streets and the pavements are burning, but that doesn't mean it's going to be Krul summer.
    "Shoulder is coming on well. Can't wait for season to start," tweeted

    the knacked Newcastle keeper.It now

    transpires that Macclesfield Town have withdrawn their offer to the public. "We now recognise that, whatever controls are put in place, it creates a possibility of altering the

    outcome of a competitive fixture and as such, clearly crosses an important line with respect to the integrity of the game," sniffed the Silkmen.Oh,
    and Sky is set to broadcast its first ever free-to-air live match on the opening day of the new season. It'll be West Brom v Southampton, won't it?STILL WANT MORE?It's finally been uploaded: Liverpool's FA Cup white suit fiasco stars in this week's Classic YouTube.Join
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    All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     The bride is on the board of a group that promotes women’s education; the groom will become a consultant.
    For some Beijing parents, picking a high school for their children is a high-stakes dilemma full of trade-offs and questions about how Western and how Chinese they want their offspring to be.     On April 20, as lethal amounts of oil and gas crept into the drill pipe of BP's Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico, the attention of the energy and environmental world was elsewhere. The Obama White House has never had much regard for the unsolicited advice it gets from the Washington pundit class. Roosters do indeed have an internal timer that makes them crow before dawn At the Mars Desert Research Station outside Hanksville, Utah, a group of scientists are taking advantage of Mars-like terrain to investigate the possibility

    of human exploration of the red planet.
    Since at least the late 19th century, when John Dewey opened his experimental Laboratory School at the University of Chicago, experiential learning — learning by doing — has had strong proponents among educational theorists.
    In MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the influence of experiential-learning theory can be seen in several courses in which each student spends the entire semester working on a single programming project.Even such project-based classes, however, miss aspects of the experience of commercial software development.
    “If you go to work at Microsoft, for example, you’re going to be handed code with 30 years of history, and you have to be able to quickly get up to speed, navigate hundreds of thousands of lines of code and then build on top of it, often without access to the people who originally wrote it,” says Ted Benson, a PhD student in EECS, who before coming to MIT worked for three years as a commercial software developer. “And then you need to make your contributions in a way where, 30 years later, other people can do the same.”This spring, Benson

    and his thesis advisor, professor of computer science and engineering David Karger, created a new course in which rather than developing small projects from scratch, students participate in large, ongoing, open-source-software development initiatives, mentored by industry professionals. And as is the case with much modern commercial software development, they collaborate online with geographically dispersed colleagues — in this case, their fellow students at some 15 universities around the world.The consortium of universities, and their joint open-source development projects, were the brainchild of Jay Borenstein, a lecturer in computer science at Stanford University.
    Borenstein got

    funding from Facebook, convened a working group of educators — including Karger — to design courses and other educational initiatives around development projects, worked with members of the open-source-software community to identify outstanding problems, and recruited the industry mentors.Baptism
    of fireNot only does working on real development projects impart practical skills that are difficult to acquire in a conventional classroom setting, Benson says, but it also engages the students

    in a way that readings and problem sets rarely do.“There’s this age-old question for any teacher, which is how do you motivate the students to really buy into what they’re learning,” Benson says.
    “They’re fixing bugs and adding features to software that will touch millions of users.
    And when that’s your homework, it’s completely different.
    I’ve had students give me high-fives when they come in to report that they’ve finished something.”One
    group of students, for instance, is helping repair a deep-rooted

    problem with the popular web-development framework Ruby on Rails. Frequently, tasks executed by commercial sites need to be processed as “transactions,” meaning that either all the aspects of the task are executed or none are: You wouldn’t want, say, a travel site charging you for one leg of a trip when it couldn’t find a return flight.
    Ruby on Rails had a bug, however, that meant that sometimes, failed transactions left program code out of sync with the database.
    MIT students are helping fix it. Another group is helping to develop a monitoring tool for the open-source database application MongoDB, so that application users can tell what types of queries the database is receiving and which servers are processing them.Software
    studioThe design of the course — the Open Source Software Project Lab, or 6.S194 in MIT’s course-numbering scheme — borrows elements from both the studio critiques typical of architecture courses and the residency model used in medical schools, Benson says. At the beginning of the semester, students were presented with the nine projects identified by Borenstein. On the basis of their personal preferences, they were sorted into five teams, with each assigned to a different project with a different mentor.On Mondays, Benson lectures, often tailoring his subject matter to questions raised by the students’ recent work. Every Wednesday, teams present their ongoing work to the rest of the class, explaining their approaches, inviting criticism and prompting general discussion of programming principles and philosophies.Otherwise, the students work chiefly with each other, with their collaborators at the other schools, and with their mentors. Every week, each team meets with Benson for 20 minutes to describe the next stage of its project and report its progress on the previous stage. “They learn that a very valid thing to accomplish in a week is thoroughly understanding a particular technology and coming up with a plan for how you might use forex growth bot review says. “Sometimes learning is their assignment.”When students have completed work on a particular section of code, they log it into the open-source project’s online code repository, where Benson can, if he chooses, review it to see if it accords with the weekly progress report. Sometimes, indeed, he has

    found that it doesn’t — but in an unexpected way. “I have had to go to some students and say, ‘Give yourself credit for this!’” Benson says. “You did far more work than I would have

    expected you to this week.”Scaling
    upThat kind of individual attention, Benson acknowledges, is possible mainly because the MIT class, in its inaugural session, is intentionally small — only 11 students.
    One of the questions that he and Karger spend a lot of time discussing is how to preserve its advantages while increasing its size. One possibility is to assign the students to more homogeneous projects — to have them all, for

    instance, work on different aspects of a single open-source application, such as Mozilla’s Firefox.


    Another possibility is to introduce tiers of instruction, where some of the regular evaluation and feedback is provided by upperclassmen who have already taken the course. A peer mentorship program, Benson says, could be modeled on MIT’s celebrated Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, in which undergraduates perform original research for either course credit or stipends. Or Benson and Karger might use some other recruitment mechanism altogether. “Some of the students seem to enjoy this so much that I wouldn’t be surprised if they would volunteer to do it,” Benson says.Aaron Patterson, a senior software architect at AT&T and one of the student mentors, says that he would definitely participate in the course again, but that he could use some more help. “It's a lot of work,” he says. “Next time, I would try to involve more people as mentors or reduce the number of students I have.”Patterson doesn’t believe that programs like the Open Source Software Project Lab will supplant the conventional computer science curriculum, but he does think that they complement it. “The textbook background is important for long-term development, but I don’t think textbooks prepare you for how to apply those techniques to real-world software,” he says. “Techniques I learned in school were extremely helpful, but didn’t prepare me for dealing with — frankly — bad code from the real world.”And
    with the Open Source Software Project Lab, he says, the students have more to show for their work than a stack of graded problem sets. “Overall, the students are making extremely valuable contributions,” he says.
    “The work being accomplished via the students I’m working with is greater than I could accomplish on my own.” Microsoft has made significant changes to Windows 8, making life for desktop users more like it used to be on Windows 7 - while aiming to keep tablet users happyLast year Microsoft reimagined Windows. Windows 8 was released in October 2012,

    complete with a new touch-friendly personality intended to make the operating system work well on tablets as well as with keyboard and mouse. It was a bold but controversial experiment.
    Users have not found it easy to adjust to the Windows 8 Start screen, which replaced the Start menu in Windows 7, and the Windows 8 app market is weak compared to that for Apple or Android apps.
    "I installed Windows 8 two months ago. I have yet to use a Metro app for anything," said developer Robert Smallshire on Twitter, where "Metro"

    refers to the

    new tablet apps which Microsoft officially calls "Modern" apps or Windows Store apps.
    Most Windows users still live in the traditional desktop environment, which is why many Windows 8 tablets are "hybrids", with keyboards and trackpads as well as touch screens.On Wednesday at its Build developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled the preview of Windows 8.1, an update which refines the operating system without changing its character.
    I've been running the preview on the Surface Pro tablet given to all Build attendees. No retreatMicrosoft is not backtracking on concepts such as the Start screen or the "immersive UI" which presents Modern apps without the clutter of visible menus and toolbars. Yes, there is a Start button on the desktop - but it takes you to the Start screen rather than restoring the menu in Windows 7.
    The Start button will be a point of familiarity for new users, but its main benefit is the enhanced administrative menu (known as Win-X because of its keyboard shortcut) which pops up if you right-click, including an option to shut down.Users who want to avoid Modern apps have other new options, offered if you right-click the taskbar and choose properties. Here you will

    find

    "boot to desktop", the ability to list desktop apps first in the Start screen when sorted by category, and an option to default to the "All apps" view in Start.
    Unlike the mainly cosmetic Start button, these are significant changes. Engage them all, and when you tap Start you get a list of desktop apps grouped almost like the old menu, though it is not hierarchical. You can also show the desktop background in Start, making the transition to the Modern UI less jarring.The
    Start screen no longer shows all apps in the default tiled view, but only apps you select.
    It is also easier to customise Start groups.
    A swipe down takes you to the All apps view, unless you chose this as the default.Snapped to itMost of the changes in Windows 8.1
    relate to Modern apps.
    In Windows 8.0, you can have up to two apps on view, with one snapped to the side. This snapped view has gone (a Microsoft engineer admitted to me that few people used it).
    If two apps are on view, you can now size them as you like by dragging a vertical bar, and if you have a large screen you can have up to four apps on view, though my Surface only accommodates two. Apps can also be written for two displays, with different data on each, so for example you could have a controller view and a presentation

    view. All good stuff.New searchThe way Search works has changed. Previously, if you invoked search by pressing Win-S or selecting it from the right-hand Charms menu, you would be taken automatically to the Start screen.
    Now, search opens in a panel, and by default searches "Everywhere" rather than just Apps as before. One effect is that you can now easily open a new desktop app without ever leaving the desktop environment, using search as an app launcher. On the other hand, if you are searching more generally, you get results in a new Bing app that combines local and web search in a rich view. A search for "guardian", for example, shows Word documents with that word in the title as well as google sniper 2.0 Search for a celebrity and you get photos, biography, and for a musician, options to play songs in Xbox Music, the

    native music app on Windows 8.
    Each search creates a kind of custom app, Microsoft explained, and this feature is fun to use.
    The prize for Microsoft is greater Bing adoption if the approach proves popular.SkyDrive: now landingSkyDrive, Microsoft's cloud storage, is deeply embedded in Windows 8.1. It has its own

    section in PC Settings, and you can opt to save all documents to SkyDrive by default. Open Notepad, for example, type something, hit save, and it goes to SkyDrive if you do not change the location. Another SkyDrive change is that the Modern SkyDrive app now works offline, sharing local storage with the Desktop version.
    This makes sense if you travel or regularly work on more than one machine.Talking
    of PC Settings, Window 8.1
    has more settings in the Modern settings app, reducing the need to run the old Control Panel. It is still not comprehensive. Mouse settings, for example, has just three options in PC settings, with many more in Control Panel. This is an improvement though.
    PC Settings is also the place for new features like Workplace, which when combined with the forthcoming update to Windows Server will let users access a business network under the control of IT administrators, but without the full "domain join" that corporate machines normally require. This is in keeping with the Bring Your Own Device trend, where a machine is used both for home and business. Combined with another feature called work folders, this lets users synchronize with documents on their business network, while allowing the IT administrator to switch off access if the machine is lost or the employee leaves.Turning
    IE up to 11Windows 8.1 comes with version 11 of Internet Explorer (IE), which will also be available for Windows 7.
    The big new feature is WebGL (Web Graphics Library) support, a standard for showing 3D accelerated graphics in the browser without a plug-in, and ideal for browser-based games. Previously Microsoft had resisted WebGL because of security concerns, which it says are now resolved thanks to improvements both in the standard and in IE itself. There is also better touch support and faster performance, though I have not noticed much difference in day to day browsing so far. The presence of two versions of IE in Windows 8 - one on the Start screen, one on the desktop - remains confusing.Fun


    in Store?The Windows Store has been revamped.
    The home page is more

    appealing and magazine-like, categories are selected from the top menu rather than by endless scrolling, and apps now update automatically if you allow it.What
    about the built-in apps? A new recipe app has what looks like a brilliant feature, called Hands-Free mode.
    If your machine has a front-facing camera, you wave your hand to navigate pages, avoiding touching the screen with sticky fingers. Unfortunately this hardly works on my Surface, suggesting that Microsoft has more work to do here, or that it is fussy about the exact hardware you use.I had better luck with Reading List, essentially an app which lists shortcuts for future reference. Run Modern IE, for example, and you can add links to the Reading List using Share on the Charms menu. This also works with maps and other apps.Mailed itThe Mail app is slightly improved.
    When I tried to add my Exchange

    Server account, it actually told me why it was not working (a digital certificate issue), whereas the old Mail app used to fail with infuriating silence. You can also view web links with an automatic side-by-side view, making a better experience.The Photo app now has an Edit feature with a range of options for adjusting the colour, tint, light and various effects. It is easy to use and effective.ConclusionWindows 8.1 is a significant improvement. After just a short spell with the preview, I do not want to go back. The experience for desktop users (which is most users most of the time) is smoother, and there are many small enhancements which combine make a big difference, of which I have mentioned only a few.But is it enough to fix the poor reputation of Windows 8, to persuade users sticking with Windows 7 to upgrade, or even to win sales that would otherwise go to iPad or Android tablets? Redmonk analyst James Governor is optimistic. "It's a long game," he told me. "You remember Vista, which needed a significant refactoring, and what came out of it was a decent platform.
    The Bing integration is significant. The split personality is a problem, but Metro is beautiful and a step forward, and will increasingly be the kind of model people use to access apps."All this chimes with me as a reviewer and early adopter; yet Microsoft is coming from behind in the tablet market, has many users reluctant to relearn how they work with Windows, and its hardware partners are creating largely hybrid devices that are expensive and compromised - though also more powerful - compared to their tablet rivals. Windows 8.1
    is a refinement, but doesn't remove these obstacles.I am writing this at Microsoft's developer conference, and the effort to win over developers to the new Modern platform is key. Just a few compelling apps will drive adoption; and it may even be that the new Bing app is one such in the way it combines local and web search in a single and appealing package.Overall,
    it is too early to call Windows 8.1 a success, but also too soon to call the Windows 8 project a failure. Microsoft had done good work, and those who disliked the first release may want to take another look.
    Preview: where to get itYou can get the preview at http://preview.windows.com,
    but be warned that there is

    no uninstall and it may not be possible to upgrade to the final version without a complete reinstall. In other words, it is not yet

    ready for general use.Rating:
    4/5Windows 8MicrosoftMicrosoft Surfaceguardian.co.uk
    © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or

    its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds     The winners in the MIT Hyperscore Ringtone Competition, held by Harmony Line Inc., were announced at a gala ceremony on Friday, Jan. 27, in Room 10-250. The celebration included a DJmix of finalist compositions, a performance by the Chorallaries of MIT of the three finalist pieces, a raffle and the presentation of prizes.
    Electrical engineering and computer science sophomore Alex Vazquez won the undergraduate category for "Wadam Starr," and media arts and sciences graduate student Owen Meyers won the affiliates category for "Oslo at Midnight." Honorable mentions went to mechanical engineering sophomore Lucas Hernandez-Mena for "Trans" and media arts and sciences graduate student Adam Boulanger for "Ambient_04857." To hear and/or download winning micro niche finder download www.h-lounge.com/. Is anyone really happy how they're portrayed on reality TV? Producers edit the footage for maximum

    drama and outrage, which is what makes it so addictive for viewers. But a ruling in federal court last week may limit how non-cast-members can be depicted on camera.
    Ollanta Humala, the president of Peru, visited the MIT campus on Wednesday, meeting with MIT President L. Rafael Reif, faculty

    members and students. Humala was accompanied by a delegation that included Peruvian ministers of education, defense, foreign relations, and foreign commerce and tourism, as well as the U.S. ambassador to Peru. The visit to MIT rounded out a three-day tour for Humala that

    also

    included meetings with President Barack Obama in Washington and Massachusetts Gov.
    Deval Patrick in Boston.
    The visit was Humala’s first official trip to the United States since his election as Peru’s president in 2011.During
    the 90-minute visit, held at the Media Lab, Reif warmly welcomed Humala, speaking to the delegation in his native Spanish. “We have followed your commitment to science and technology,” Reif told Humala. “Hearing that another country is like-minded … this is music to my

    ears.” “Working on the world’s biggest problems entails working with others,” Reif added. “We

    would like to seize this opportunity with Peru.”Representatives
    of Peru and MIT then assembled for a ceremony in which a letter of intent was signed by María Gisella Orjeda Fernández, president of the Science, Technology and Technological Innovation National Council of Peru (CONCYTEC), and MIT Vice President Claude Canizares, the Bruno

    B.
    Rossi Distinguished Professor of Experimental Physics.
    The letter establishes a “mutually beneficial collaboration” in the areas of education and research. ‘We want to bet on education’“This is an issue that will change our countries,” Humala observed after the signing. “Peru has bet on gold, and it has bet on oil. … Today, we want to bet on education.”Humala stressed the need for more educational opportunities for Peruvian students as a means of addressing poverty in his nation. “It is the moral obligation of any government to provide opportunities to our youth,” Humala said through a translator. “We want to bequeath

    [opportunities] to our youth.”For Latin Americans, Humala observed, learning a second language is essential to educational advancement. Compared to many other nations, “We have

    a language barrier, because when we cross borders, we still speak Spanish.”
    Several faculty members gave Humala brief presentations on their research.
    Daniela Rus, professor of computer science and engineering and director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), spoke of a common interest among the lab’s students, many who come from various backgrounds.“At CSAIL, we all speak the

    language of computers, so there is no language

    barrier,” Rus said. “Our lab is really a melting pot; there are many Spanish-speaking students.
    [Peruvian students] will feel very comfortable here.”Tyler Jacks, the David H. Koch Professor of Biology and director of the MIT’s Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, spoke of his lab’s work to improve cancer treatment. Among other projects, Jacks and his colleagues are developing new methods to target drugs directly to cancer cells, in an attempt to avoid unwanted side effects.
    Humala, in turn, spoke of the research efforts by Peru’s national cancer institute, adding, “We would like to extend a bridge to you.” President meets

    Peruvians at MITBarton Zwiebach, professor of physics, spoke of his work in superstring theory. “Every particle is an infinitesimal string, vibrating,” he explained to the delegation.
    Zwiebach, who was born and raised in Peru, obtained a degree in electrical engineering from Peru’s Universidad Nacional de Ingeniera. “Every time I’m identified as Peruvian, I speak with pride,” Zwiebach said.During his visit, Humala also met briefly with Peruvian students and alumni at MIT, offering them congratulations.“He’s
    very proud of us because we are here,” said Sandra Torres, who last week received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
    “There are many projects in my country, so it would be a great opportunity to collaborate. There are many things that connect me with my country.”Claudio Di Leo, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, said Humala’s visit is a promising step toward improving his native country’s economy.“I
    think the way to bring the country forward is to educate the people and raise the level of education, and bringing people to MIT is a great way to do that,” Di Leo said. “I think it would be interesting to go back and bring some of these ideas of technology and learning back to our country.”
    Sampling some MIT innovations firsthand, Humala

    and his delegation toured the Media Lab, and explored the Tangible Media Group.
    There, Hiroshi Ishii, the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, demonstrated a few interactive projects, including a display of shape-shifting “digital” sand.To
    commemorate the visit, Humala presented Reif

    with a silver frame — a token of Peru’s long history in silverwork.
    In return, Reif presented Humala with a gift of two books: a signed copy of Instiute Professor and Professor of Linguistics Emeritus Noam Chomsky’s “Interventions,” in Spanish, and “Countless Connecting Threads: MIT’s History Revealed through Its Most Evocative Objects.” The visit was coordinated by MIT’s Global Initiatives. JERUSALEM —After weeks of tough bargaining, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a coalition agreement with his two major partners, politicians said, paving the way for the formation of a new Israeli government days before a visit by President Obama. Read full article >> Colombian lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a polarizing bill to allow same-sex marriage in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation, as hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate for and against the measure.    
    Scholars are analyzing a three-foot-tall stone carving of an armless nude that surfaced during archaeological digs last summer below a Brooklyn overpass. The upcoming documentary The Power of Glove aims to look at the development and flameout of the Power Glove controller --

    and the culture that still exists around it more than 20 years later.     Lockheed Martin will make commercial use of quantum computing, which could solve some business and science problems millions of times faster than can be done today.


    Now that the guys putting together the College Football Playoff have determined where the games will be played, there's only one major item left on the agenda — and it just might be the most important piece.    
    The president’s decision to delay until 2015 a major provision of the law was the subject of a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing.    
    The Canadian AeroVelo team has done what many thought impossible.
    The crew has officially claimed the American Helicopter Society's Igor I.
    Sikorsky Human-Powered Helicopter Prize. And for keeping their lightweight contraption afloat, the team was awarded $250,000 in Toronto for the flight it completed on June 13.    
    A new musical centered around Carole King's life and career is set for a spring 2014 opening on
     
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