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MIT Takes Fourth Place in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge Trials

Posted on December 24th, 2013 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library

Congratulations to the MIT DARPA Robotics Challenge Team!

Sixteen teams from around the world competed from December 20-21, 2013  in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ’s Robotics Challenge Trials. The Challenge demonstrates the potential for the use of robots  in disaster response.

The team from MIT took fourth place with the Atlas robot built by Boston Dynamics and will advance to the finals next year.  The team developed algorithms and user interfaces to aid a human operator paired with the robot to carry out a series of tasks such as walking over uneven terrain,  entering and driving a small utility vehicle, and using tools. Read more »

Commercial Buildings of Boston – Past and Present

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by Gregor Smart in Internet Resources, Kirstein Business Library


Did you know our Boston Pictorial Archive holds photographs, prints, and drawings documenting Boston-area commercial buildings in the 19th and 20th centuries? The bulk of the material covers the years between 1855 and 1970 and offers views of banks, coffeehouses, stores and markets, taverns, and more.

For a look at buildings from today, two websites worth checking out:

Detailed information on Boston buildings, the world’s 200 tallest buildings, and the USA’s top 20 buildings.

Detailed information on Boston buildings, features skyscraper diagram illustrations, timeline chronologies, and a buildings database.

Both resources offer profiles on each building’s architectural style, architect, façade material, height, floors, and construction dates.


Women in Leadership

Posted on December 4th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Kirstein Business Library, New Books, Programs
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Hey Ladies (Gents too)!

Looking to learn a little more about gender in the workplace? We’ve got you covered.  This months’ book display is Women in Leadership. Titles in this display range from analysis of the current global corporate structure to guides on how to break the glass ceiling.  Stop by and check them out.

Vicki Donlan

If you are looking for an opportunity to network, swing by our author talk on December 10 at 6pm.  Vicki Donlan author of Her Turn: Why It’s Time for Women To Lead in America will be speaking about the challenges and emerging roles for female leaders in a variety of fields.

Lastly, if you’re just looking to get ahead at work, we have other events coming up that can help anyone get an edge.

We hope to see you soon!


Replace all your cards…with a Coin!

Posted on November 25th, 2013 by Amber De Angelis in Kirstein Business Library
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How many credit, debit, and membership cards do you have in your wallet? Probably more than you care to admit or even remember.

Coin aims to help you consolidate your cards on one device, slimming your wallet and maybe eliminating some back pain. Coin has yet to hit the market, but pre-orders skyrocketed, thanks to a brilliant marketing plan.

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Branson Will Accept Bitcoin for Virgin Galactic

Posted on November 23rd, 2013 by Betsey Lippmeier in Kirstein Business Library



Sir Richard Branson announced on Friday that Virgin Galactic will accept the virtual currency, Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a payment network that uses peer-to-peer technology to facilitate instant payments without the fees charged by payments processors. Bitcoin issuance and transactions are carried out collectively by the network, with no banks or central authority.


For more on Bitcoin, try Business Insights: Essentials or Business and Industry available remotely with a Metro Boston Library Network card or ecard.