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MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito resigns in the wake of Epstein coverup

Sep 08, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The university is set to hire a prominent law firm to conduct an 'immediate, thorough, and independent investigation' on the allegations against MIT Media Lab

RESIGNED. Joi Ito resigns from the MIT Media Lab on September 7, 2019. File photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for WIRED25/AFP

MIT professor quits in protest over lab links to Epstein

Aug 22, 2019 - 5:08 PM

(UPDATED) 'It's hard to do that work with a straight face in a place that violated its own values so clearly in working with Epstein and in disguising that relationship,' Ethan Zuckerman says

ETHAN ZUCKERMAN. Photo of Ethan Zuckerman from Twitter.

Yolanda survivor takes up physics in MIT as 'bigger contribution to the world'

Jul 03, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Coming from the province that was severely affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda, Andales shares how her experience fueled her passion for research and science communication

MIT cuts Huawei collaboration over U.S. investigations

Apr 04, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Huawei also faces a global US blacklisting campaign over espionage fears

Fires, explosions erupt in multiple US towns near Boston

Sep 14, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Massachusetts State Police says they have responded to 70 reports of fires, explosions and the smell of gas in a widespread zone encompassing the east coast towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover

GAS EXPLOSIONS. Firefighters inspect a home after a gas explosions on September 13, 2018 in North Andover, Massachusetts. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP

Pope steps up rhetoric over U.S. clerical child abuse 'atrocities'

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) 'We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,' Pope Francis says in a letter

Pope Francis (C) waves from the balcony of St Peter's basilica during the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" Christmas address and blessing given to the city of Rome and to the World, on December 25, 2017 at St Peter's square in Vatican. File photo by Andreas Solario/AFP

She dreams to be first Muslim woman in U.S. Congress

Aug 05, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, who is running in the Democratic primary for US Congress in Massachusetts’ First District, goes on a door-knocking and voter registration drive in Chicopee, Massachusetts, July 21, 2018. Amatul-Wadud is a mother of seven, a lawyer, a community activist and a Muslim, who rises before dawn, prays five times a day and fasts during Ramadan. Now aged 44, she faces the biggest hurdle of her life: asking a majority white constituency, where Catholics are the biggest religious group, to make her the first Muslim woman elected into Congress. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

UP, AdMU, DLSU fall in latest QS world university rankings

Jun 08, 2018 - 7:40 AM

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) maintains its rank among the top 801-1,000 universities in the world, according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings

LOWER RANK. The University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila Univeristy, and De La Salle University ranked lower in the latest QS World University rankings.

UP, AdMU, DLSU join world's top universities in 2018 subject rankings

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The University of the Philippines ranks in 4 out of 5 broad subject areas, while the Ateneo de Manila University and the De La Salle University rank in two

File photos by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler, AdMU and DLSU Facebook pages

UP inches up in latest QS world university rankings

Jun 08, 2017 - 11:50 AM

UPDATED The University of the Philippines now ranks 367th in the world according to the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings

Attorneys general from 16 U.S. states condemn Trump travel ban

Jan 30, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The 16 attorneys general all Democrats whose states are home to nearly a third of the US population issued a joint statement in opposition

Demonstrators at Philadelphia International Airport protest against President Donald Trump's executive order banning Muslim immigration on January 29, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images/AFP

High approval for cannabis, other measures in US vote

Nov 09, 2016 - 2:43 PM

US voters also weighed in on a slew of ballot measures including several related to marijuana gun control and the death penalty

Voters cast their ballots at voting machines at Shadow Ridge High School on Election Day on November 8, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Americans across the nation are picking their choice for the next president of the United States. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

2016 Nobel Prize in Economics awarded to pair for work on contract theory

Oct 10, 2016 - 5:21 PM

UPDATED Economists Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström are awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for their work on contract theory

NOBEL LAUREATES. Bengt Holmstrom and Oliver Hart. Photos courtesy MIT, Harvard

UP improves in 2016 QS world rankings

Sep 07, 2016 - 8:55 AM

The 3 other Philippine universities in the annual list maintain their 2015 rankings

Volkswagen execs named in new emissions lawsuits

Jul 20, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Current Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller and his predecessor Martin Winterkorn are accused of being aware early on about the so called dieselgate scandal

epa05368860 Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at press conference at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany, 16 June 2016. The German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) introduced its strategy until the year of 2025. EPA/JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE

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Jun 28, 2016 - 7:38 PM

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First US penis transplant performed on 64-year-old man

May 16, 2016 - 11:15 PM

The 15 hour surgery took place earlier this month at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and is the third such operation known in the world

OPERATION. The 15-hour penis transplant operation is the third such operation in the world. Photo from Massachusetts General Hospital

Multiple stabbings at Massachusetts mall, attacker shot

May 11, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Two people are stabbed at a local home before the suspect crashes his car into the store facade of the Silver City Galleria He then stabs two more people at a mall restaurant

#USVote: Lessons from Super Tuesday

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:22 PM

Four lessons learned from the events of Super Tuesday

epa05189535 Mary Austin hands out 'I Voted' stickers at a polling center in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, 01 March 2016. People in 12 states are voting in primary elections to determine the candidates for president of the United States of America. EPA/J PAT CARTER

#USVote: Super Tuesday winners, state by state

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:53 AM

3rd UPDATE Here is a state by state breakdown of projected winners on the pivotal day of the 2016 White House race

Poll manager Ty Stepter hands a sticker to a voter after they cast their ballot at All Saints Episcopal Church, during the Super Tuesday US presidential primary voting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, March 1, 2016. Erik S Lesser/EPA

US elections: Clinton, Trump win big on Super Tuesday

Mar 02, 2016 - 8:50 AM

UPDATED Super Tuesday is the most pivotal day of the presidential primary season so far with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hoping to wipe out all rivals for their party nominations

BIG WINNER. US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign rally at a film studio in Miami, Florida, USA, March 1, 2016. Joe Skipper/EPA

Super Tuesday: Trump, Clinton eye big boost

Mar 02, 2016 - 12:29 AM

UPDATED Millions of people are taking part in Super Tuesday – a series of primary votes and caucuses in a dozen states stretching from Virginia on the east coast all the way to Alaska

SUPER TUESDAY. People wait in line to vote at a polling center in Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, March 1, 2016. Photo by J Pat Carter/EPA

FAST FACTS: US 'Super Tuesday'

Mar 01, 2016 - 9:18 AM

Here is what is at stake on Super Tuesday which could have a big impact on Democratic and Republican contenders still in the race for the White House

A poll worker at a polling station in a school gym during the Democratic presidential primary in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, February 27, 2016. Richard Ellis/EPA

Super Tuesday: Trump, Clinton heavy favorites

Mar 01, 2016 - 7:49 AM

UPDATED With just hours to go before polls open the Republican and Democratic frontrunners fend off rivals and appeal to supporters in a dozen states

SUPER TUESDAY COMBATANTS. This combination of pictures created on February 25, 2016 shows top US presidential candidates (L-R) Republican Marco Rubio on January 14, 2016; Republican Ted Cruz on February 23, 2016; Democrat Bernie Sanders on on February 04, 2016; Republican Donald Trump on February 23, 2016; and Democrat Hillary Clinton on February 04, 2016. AFP photos

Clinton, Trump shoot for inevitability on Super Tuesday

Feb 29, 2016 - 3:33 PM

Clinton and Trump are well positioned to secure the lion s share of the delegate bonanza in the 11 states voting in each party s primaries

DEMOCRATIC FRONTRUNNER. Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a 'Get Out The Vote' rally at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff on February 28, 2016 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

A 'magical' space-time ripple that wasn't believed – at first

Feb 12, 2016 - 12:36 AM

When the signal finally got to the Earth on September 14 we knew within 3 minutes that our instruments had seen something really different

A undated handout graphic, made available February 11, 2016 by NASA / CALTECH-JPL, showing an artist's impression of gravitational waves generated by binary neutron stars. R. Hurt/Caltech-JPL/EPA

Lower world rankings for UP, AdMU, DLSU

Sep 15, 2015 - 7:18 AM

But the 3 universities are part of the top 300 globally when it comes to employer reputation

3 dead after plane crashes, setting US home ablaze

Jun 29, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The plane crash occurs around 6pm 2200 GMT at a private residence in the town of Plainville Massachusetts some 35 miles 56 kilometers southwest of Boston

'Don't stay silent in face of racism' - Filipina MIT grad

Jun 28, 2015 - 9:09 PM

Fellow student achiever Carmela Lao a Filipina Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate comes to the defense of UP summa cum laude graduate Tiffany Uy and calls for an end to racism

Boston bomber apologizes, sentenced to death

Jun 24, 2015 - 11:49 PM

UPDATED Tsarnaev: I am sorry for the lives I have taken for the suffering the damage that I have done

SENTENCED. An artist sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (3L) and his defense team. EPA/JANE FLAVELL COLLINS

Boston bomber to be formally sentenced to death

Jun 24, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Judge George O Toole will officially hand down the sentence reached unanimously by the 12 person jury

GUILTY. In this courtroom sketch, convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev stands as he is sentenced to death at the United States courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, May 15, 2015. Jane Flavell Collins/EPA

Dead Boston suspect planned to behead police – prosecutors

Jun 04, 2015 - 12:10 PM

A 26 year old security guard shot dead by police and the FBI in Boston planned to behead American police officers at random to wage violent jihad court papers say

RAID. Everett and Massachusetts Police assist federal authorities in an investigation in Everett, Massachusetts, USA, 2 June 2015. Dominick Reuter/EPA

Man arrested in Boston after terror suspect shot dead

Jun 04, 2015 - 3:22 AM

The FBI refused to comment on specific media reports that one or both suspects allegedly conspired to behead a police officer

TERROR PLOT. Police and FBI search the home of a man who was under investigation by the U.S. Joint Terrorism Task Force in Everett, Massachusetts. Photo by CJ Gunther/EPA

Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

May 15, 2015 - 11:09 PM

2nd UPDATE The decision caps a 12 week trial that relived the horror of the attacks through grisly videos and heartbreaking testimony from those who lost limbs and loved ones

NO REMORSE. The jury unanimously agree that 19 year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had demonstrated a lack of remorse. Photo from Boston_Police Twitter account

Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez jailed for life for murder

Apr 16, 2015 - 9:18 AM

The sentencing in a Massachusetts court after a 4 month trial cements a spectacular fall from grace for Hernandez who once had a 40 million 5 year contract with the New England Patriots

GUILTY. Former NFL player Aaron Hernandez listens as the guilty verdict is read during his murder trial at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA, 15 April 2015. Dominick Reuter/Pool/EPA

Tsarnaev guilty over 2013 Boston bombings

Apr 09, 2015 - 7:51 AM

He now faces life in prison without parole or even the death penalty when he is sentenced by the same jury at the second phase of the trial which could start early next week

GUILTY. An artist sketch of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (3L) and his defense team as the guilty verdicts on all charges were read in the John J Moakley Federal Courthouse against Tsamaev in the Boston Marathon bombing trial in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 08 April 2015. Jane Flavell Collins/EPA

Boston bombings trial entrusted to jury

Apr 07, 2015 - 8:13 AM

The jury must decide whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is guilty on 30 counts related to the April 15 2013 attacks and the subsequent murder of a police officer a car jacking and a shootout with police while on the run

An artists sketch of the defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (C) as he and his attorney's listen to testimony in the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse on the second day of the trial of suspected Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 05 March 2015. Jane Falvell Collins/EPA

Grisly testimony at Boston bombing trial as prosecutors rest

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:15 AM

Prosecutors summoned 92 witnesses to the stand in the past four weeks building a case against Tsarnaev as an active and willing participant in the bombings

TRIAL. An artist's sketch shows defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (C) as he and his attorney's listen to testimony in the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse on the second day of the trial of suspected Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 05 March 2015. Jane Falvell Collins/EPA

'I'm going to die,' survivors recall Boston horror

Mar 05, 2015 - 10:16 AM

Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings choked back tears as they told how a day of celebration turned into a horrific urban war zone of torn limbs and burnt flesh

IN COURT. An artist's sketch of the Assistant United States Attorney William D. Weinreb (L) delivering opening statements as Judge George O'Toole Jr (background), defense attorney Judy Clarke (3-R), and defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (2-R) listen in the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse, on the opening day of the trial of suspected Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 04 March 2015. Jane Falvell Collins/EPA

Boston breaks monthly snowfall record after latest storm

Feb 16, 2015 - 12:16 PM

Boston has seen 58 5 inches of snow so far this February breaking the January 2005 record when 43 3 inches of the white stuff fell

BURIED IN SNOW. A man and woman walk up Newbury Street during a nor'easter with blizzard conditions in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 15 February 2015. Dominick Reuter/EPA

New York, meteorologists defend storm shutdown

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:29 AM

New York Governor Cuomo: It may actually have brought us back to full operating capacity sooner but I do not criticize weather forecasters I learn

A man walks away after spreading salt on a Lower East Side building's entrance following a large winter storm in New York, New York, USA, 27 January 2015.  Andrew Kelly/EPA

Northeast US shuts down due to 'historic' blizzard

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:12 AM

UPDATED States of emergency were declared in states across the affected region as residents rushed to supermarkets to stockpile food

Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City.  Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Boston bombing trial opens with jury selection

Jan 05, 2015 - 10:54 PM

UPDATED Tsarnaev appears in federal court opposite a first group of 200 to 250 potential jurors as US District Judge George O Toole briefly goes over the charges against him

JURY SELECTION. A file photo dated 15 April 2013 of scene over Boylston Street following two bomb explosions at the finish line area of the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. File Photo by Bllie Weiss/EPA

First elected black US senator dies

Jan 04, 2015 - 8:47 AM

Edward Brooke was a trailblazer in Congress when he was elected a senator in 1966 A liberal Republican he represented Massachusetts in the 100 seat US Senate during two terms from 1967 to 1979

In this file photo, Former Senator Edward William Brooke (R-MA) smiles during a ceremony to honor him with the Congressional Gold Medal in the Rotunda of the US Capitol on October 28, 2009.  Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images/AFP

Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars – study

Oct 15, 2014 - 10:47 AM

Oxygen levels would start to deplete after about two months and scientists said new technologies are required before humans can permanently settle on Mars an MIT study reveals

RED PLANET. This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight, with an area including Gale Crater, beginning to catch morning light. NASA/JPL-Caltech

Iskwelahang Pilipino: Learning Pinoy culture in Massachusetts

Oct 12, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Ever other Sunday Filipino American families bring their children to Iskwelahang Pilipino a volunteer run school in a Massachusetts suburb to immerse them in Filipino language music food and culture

Boston bombing suspect's trial postponed to Jan 5 – judge

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:16 AM

Judge George O Toole however rejects requests by defense lawyers for the trial to be moved from Boston on the grounds that the 21 year old would not be able to receive a fair hearing

File photo from @Boston_Police Twitter account

Aquino on 'dishonest' allies: File charges vs them

Sep 23, 2014 - 2:54 PM

The courts are open If they think I have dishonest people around me then they can file the appropriate cases

'FILE CASES.' President Benigno Aquino III encourages critics to file charges against his allegedly dishonest allies. Malacaãnng Photo Bureau

UP, Ateneo move up in world rankings

Sep 16, 2014 - 5:48 PM

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States still dominates the annual ranking of 800 schools that help international students pick where to enroll

Neuroscientists say it's possible to overwrite bad memories

Aug 28, 2014 - 9:24 AM

Emotions connected to memories can be rewritten making bad events in the past seem better and good things appear worse scientists say

This image depicts the injection sites and the expression of the viral constructs in the two areas of the brain studied: the Dentate Gyrus of the hippocampus (middle) and the Basolateral Amygdala (bottom corners). Image courtesy of the researchers via MIT News