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Fake Bomber Has an MIT Web Page

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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SHOOTING STAR (ALMOST) Simpson

Star Simpson, the 19-year-old MIT student arrested at gunpoint in Boston's Logan International Airport today for wearing a fake explosive device with wires and Play-Doh, describes herself on her MIT Web page as "an inventor, artist, engineer, and student, I love to build things and I love crazy ideas."

She continues, "I'm currently studying computers and how they work at MIT. I play at a student-run machine shop called MITERS. Before that, I lived for a long time in Hawaii, while traveling the world and saving the planet from evil villains with my delivered-just-in-time gadgets."

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Someone's been watching too much Real Genius.

Other highlights from her online résumé:

MIT Media Lab, Personal Robots Group Spring 2007

Worked to construct and deploy the first Autom, a socially interacting robot designed to encourage people to meet their weight loss goals by tracking and encouraging their efforts. This project became the company Intuitive Automata.

MIT Media Lab, Tangible Media Group, Fall 2006

Worked on the "PingPongPlus"—a technically augmented, visually responsive ping-pong table.

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