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Robots upstaged the humans at MassRobotics' workspace opening
MassRobotics, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering young robotics companies in Massachusetts, on Friday showed off what makes its new facility unique: when it came time to cut the ribbon, Boston's mayor got some robotic help — from Baxter, a robot sporting a Patriots knit hat.
The newly launched office and lab space for robotics is in a city-owned building at 12 Channel St. in the South Boston Innovation District, based on other popular co-working ideas in the region: Think Cambridge Innovation…
Opioid overdoses grew in 2016, propelled by fentanyl
Opioid overdoses are still on the rise, with fentanyl overtaking heroin as causing the most deaths in Massachusetts in 2016.
A report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health estimated 1,979 opioid-related deaths in 2016, up 24 percent from the 1,751 deaths in 2015 and up 44 percent from the 1,379 deaths reported in 2014.
Though the state is making strides reducing deaths caused by heroin, the state’s opioid crisis is being fueled by fentanyl, the report said. Fentanyl is a synthetic…
Liberty Mutual CEO earns pay bump to $17M
Liberty Mutual CEO David Long’s compensation rose to just under $17 million in 2016, as the Boston-based insurance giant began to recover from its struggles the previous year.
Long’s compensation increased 8 percent from 2015, when he took home $15.7 million, according to information posted to the company’s website on Friday. Long’s base salary was slightly higher than it was last year, at $1.19 million. He earned an $8.9 million bonus, also higher than his 2015 award. An additional $6.6…