Massachusetts Daily Collegian

US Army developing ‘Iron Man’ suit

By Julian del Prado

October 16, 2013

Just days ago, the United States Army called on industry, technology and government alike to aid in the creation of a new weapon: the “Iron Man” suit. The Army wants to get their hands on exoskeleton technology in order to fa...

Endurance continues months after Marathon Bombings

By Steven Gillard

October 15, 2013

I was 7 years old when I came home from school one afternoon to see the indelible images of black smoke billowing from the World Trade Center flashing across my television. That was the first time I ever heard the word “terrorism,” the fir...

Breaking Bitcoin: the Largest Internet Drug Bust in History

By Johnny McCabe

October 15, 2013

If people were to find a real-life equivalent to Walter White, the family man turned crystal meth kingpin of AMC's hit show “Breaking Bad,” the name Ross Ulbricht would never come up in conversation, even to people who knew him. The 29-year-old San Franciscan seemed to his fri...

Genetically modified humans raise ethical concerns

By Karen Podorefsky

October 9, 2013

Researchers in New Jersey recently revealed that 30 healthy babies were born after an experimental modification of their genetic material. While movies depicting the future tend to focus on flying cars and other things that clearly...

‘Pussy Riot’ shakes up Putin’s Russia

By Hannah Sparks

October 8, 2013

Russia is having a moment, partially because its highly visible leader, President Vladimir Putin, has become an increasingly formidable character in international politics. Putin has had a hand in many of the foreign policy negotiations that the United States has also been involved in,...

EDM is a cult of aesthetic

By Michaela Hughes

October 8, 2013

Electronic Dance Music is a culture of aesthetic. It is not a genre of music, it is a lifestyle. One can argue that every genre concert is about the aesthetic. From Bob Dylan to Taylor Swift to Skrillex, there is a specific culture and atmosphere present for each. How...

In defense of truly free speech

By Brian Bevilacqua

October 7, 2013

A Christian group recently came to the University of Massachusetts, sparking a debate around campus that deeply concerned me. I heard several students say that the preachers should not be allowed to voice their opinions, and that...

Constructing a new paradigm for economics

By Makai McClintock

October 7, 2013

Economics used to be a social science, but this is no longer so. Today, the field has largely become a study of individual agents acting outside of society, as if societal influences do not affect individuals. The field has c...

Give country music a chance

By Steven Gillard

October 3, 2013

If you look at iTunes, you will see a variety of artists in the top charts, from Katy Perry to Drake to Luke Bryan. Hit radio stations play almost everything: hip-hop, rap, pop and rock, with one noticeable exception: country. Country music remains of...

Cruz filibusters in vain

By Lucas Coughlin

October 3, 2013

Viewers of C-SPAN (all 25 of them) were privy to some uncharacteristically compelling television last week when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex) stood before the Senate and the nation to filibuster a continuing resolution to fund the federal government past Oct. 17, the deadline...

Illegal corporate activity cannot go unpunished

By Jillian Correira

October 3, 2013

In 2010, an explosion on the BP-leased Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and spilled an estimated 4.9 million barrels, or 208.5 million gallons, of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. According to a recent report by a researcher at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the explos...

UMass administrators watch ‘Footloose,’ cancel more EDM concerts

By Brandon Sides

October 2, 2013

We all can learn from the lessons of the 1984 film “Footloose” – administrators included. A few weeks ago, University of Massachusetts administrators pulled the plug on Fantazia. The other day, they did the same for two...