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    MIT and Harvard agree to transfer edX to ed-tech firm 2U | MIT News

    MIT and Harvard University have announced a major transition for edX, the nonprofit organization they launched in 2012 to provide an open online platform for university courses: edX’s assets are to be acquired by the publicly-traded education technology company 2U, and reorganized as a public benefit company under the 2U umbrella.   The transaction is structured to ensure that edX continues in its founding mission, and features a wide array of protections for edX learners, partners, and faculty who contribute courses. In exchange, 2U will transfer $800 million to a nonprofit organization, also led by MIT and Harvard, to  

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    First interstellar object discovered was alien technology, Harvard professor claims

    Despite pushback from some in the scientific community, one researcher at Harvard University is moving forward with the idea that the first interstellar object ever discovered is actually a piece of alien technology. In his new book, “Extraterrestrial: The First Sign of Intelligent Life Beyond Earth,” Avi Loeb, the chair of Harvard’s department of astronomy, makes the case that ‘Oumuamua “was a piece of advanced technology created by a distant alien civilization,” according to a statement released by the book’s publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Artist’s illustration of Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever spotted in our solar system. (M. Kornmesser/ESO) 

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