Ed Sheeran and Beyonce perform together at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Panos Panoy, chief of the school’s year-old Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, sought out PureTech’s Sync Project after he heard its founders introduce their idea at SXSW this past March. Sync’s goal is to bring together neuroscientists who study music and the mind, and companies that track biometric data like heart-rate and body temperature. Together, the team would have unique, data-rich insights into how Beyonce’s latest track influences your heart rate, for example, or how Taylor Swift’s new album could shift your blood pressure.More →

Despite the fact that the majority of Americans have not taken any concrete steps to protect their privacy in this post-Snowden era, the Pew Research Center has found that the vast majority of Americans do care about their privacy and who has access to their information.

Ninety-three percent of Americans report that being in control of who can access their information is somewhat or very important to them. In addition, 90 percent say that what information is accessed, not just who can access that information, is important to them as well.More →

In a move that’s familiar to anyone who has watched real estate agents make neighborhoods out of thin air, a group of state and municipal leaders and local business owners announced the creation of the new Charles River Mill District on Wednesday, designating a swath of land at the crosshairs of Waltham, Newton, and Watertown as yet another hub for innovation in the region.More →