Science & Technology

Tournament encourages entrepreneurship with $200,000 prize

School of Management graduate student Felipe Spinel said competing in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Clean Energy Prize Challenge is the type of tournament that can push Boston University’s student innovators ahead. “The access to publicity and the chance to network with people in the industry is great,” Spinel, a member of the BU Entrepreneur Club, said. About 23 BU […]

Mass. gives BU biolab preliminary approval to operate

After nine years shrouded by controversy and lawsuits, state officials have granted preliminary approval for Boston University to open its biosafety laboratory in Roxbury for lower-level research. The “utilization of BSL-2 laboratory research space would result in an undue hardship for the proponent and would not serve to avoid or minimize Danger to the Environment,” according to the state Executive […]

‘Nanovember’ aims to highlight growing role of nanotechnology in society

‘Nanovember’ aims to highlight growing role of nanotechnology in society

Monday marked the beginning of Nanovember, a week-long lecture series organized to raise awareness about nanotechnology and to dispel any myths that may exist about its use, Boston University Students for the Advancement of Nanotechnology members said. Hosted by SANT, Nanovember features four lectures by BU professors and a Brown University doctorate student. The art exhibition will showcase pictures of […]

BU officials decline to discuss biolab safety issues, panelists say

BU officials decline to discuss biolab safety issues, panelists say

Boston University students expressed concerns about the intentions of the proposed National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories at the BU Biolab panel hosted by the Student Labor Action Project on Tuesday. College of Arts and Sciences senior Elisa Gill, who mediated the panel at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, said that the Biolab cost $178 million and has remained […]

Class on alien worlds ranked one of ‘craziest’

Professor Andrew West played David Bowie’s “Loving the Alien” as his students filed into the room for class at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. In the class, named “Alien Worlds,” he discusses exoplanets and the possibility of alien life. While Astronomy 105 may seem like any other science class students are itching to take to fill a requirement, students said that […]

Chemical spill causes evacuation of Metcalf Science Center

The Boston Fire Department evacuated the Boston University Metcalf Science Center on Monday due to an ether spill in one of the laboratories. The BFD responded after it received a call at about 6:45 p.m.,BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald said. About four liters of ether spilled in a laboratory on the fourth floor of the building. There was no evident cause […]

Bay State ranked most energy efficient state in nation

Massachusetts is leading the nation in renewable resources as the greenest state, according a report released on Oct. 20. by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Since 2006, the Bay State has ranked among the top 10 most energy efficient states, but 2011 marks the first time that Massachusetts has climbed its way to the top, ousting California after […]

Satisfied sweet tooths: Hub ranked top city to trick-or-treat

Satisfied sweet tooths: Hub ranked top city to trick-or-treat

Costumed kids searching for king-sized candy bars on Halloween look, no further – Boston is the second-best city in the country for trick-or-treating, according to a Zillow Blog ranking. Losing out on the title to San Francisco, Boston jumped five spots in the ranking from last year. This is the third year that Zillow, a real estate website, has calibrated […]

School of Medicine researchers aim to improve detection of lung cancer

The Boston University School of Medicine has received a $13.6 million grant from the Department of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program to research and develop technologies to facilitate the early detection of lung cancer, according to a press release by the BUSM on Thursday. The grant will fund a study aimed at researching the technology’s effects on active military personnel […]

Bostonians, BU community members mourn Jobs’ death

Bostonians, BU community members mourn Jobs’ death

The four-story Apple Store at 815 Boylston St. in Boston was lacking its usual hectic buzz and excitement on Thursday as customers and employees mourned the death of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs. Apple announced that Jobs died on Wednesday evening at the age of 56.  “The world” had lost a “visionary and creative genius,” the site read. Jobs, […]