News Archive 2005

  • Chinese researchers compromise SHA-1 hashing algorithm

    A team of three Chinese researchers have compromised the SHA-1 hashing algorithm at the core of many of today's mainstream security products. Top cryptographers said users can still rely on today's SHA-1-based systems and applications, but next-generation products will need to move to new...

  • Origami as the Shape of Things to Come

    "Some people don't even think this exists," says Dr. Erik Demaine, turning in his hands an elaborately folded paper structure. The intricately pleated sail-like form swooshes gracefully in a compound curve and certainly looks real enough - if decidedly tricky to make.

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  • Robots inspired by Segway balancing act

    AS ONE, Segfrieda and I zoom past trash cans and dingy doughnut shops through the damp streets of Oakland, California. If I lean forwards, forwards we glide. If I lean backwards, backwards we glide. If I do neither, we simply balance on our own two wheels, as paradoxically stable as a...

  • Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Deborah Estrin

    Professor Deborah Estrin from the University of California, Los Angeles gave a talk titled "Embedding the Internet: How Smart Sensors May Help Save the Planet" on February 10th, 2005.


    Sensor networks are an exciting class of computing systems that...

  • Dertouzos Lecturer Series: Professor Richard Newton

    Professor Richard Newton from the University of California, Berkeley gave a talk titled "Great Works for the 21st Century: A Critical Role for The Modern Research University" on February 3rd, 2005.


    As we enter the 21st century, there can be no doubt...

  • An Effort to Help Free-Software Developers Avoid Suits

    Freely distributed open-source software like the Linux operating system has become increasingly popular, but one cloud over its future has been legal risk. So far, most of the lawsuits have involved claims that software code owned by someone else found its way into a cooperative programming...

  • Web inventor is 'Greatest Briton'

    The inventor of the world wide web has been named Greatest Briton 2004 at a ceremony attended by Gordon Brown.

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  • He uses robots to divide and conquer

    A handful of small, boxy robots scurried across the floor in a row, their red, blue and green lights blinking. Suddenly they broke into song -- "Hi ho, hi ho. It's off to work we go" -- and then scattered in all directions.

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  • Profile: James McLurkin

    James McLurkin of MIT is one of the world's leading designers of robot "swarms"—groups of robots that work together for a greater purpose.

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  • Life, Reinvented

    In January, students at M.I.T. are let off the leash to follow their fancies. The annual monthlong Independent Activities Period is a playground for the mind, offering courses, seminars, and special events devoted to everything from energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy to poetry reading. There's...

  • Do You Speak American?

    Researchers and technology companies alike want to move from today's speech recognition systems with their highly restricted vocabularies and unnatural pauses between words (think: directory assistance or booking a train ticket) to the Star Trek or 2001: A Space Odyssey (the HAL 2000) scenario...