February 12, 2020
Boston Globe reporter Matt Berg explores how MIT researcher have captured images that could help illuminate historical details of an asteroid with a golf-ball like surface. “We’re seeing a new world for the first time,” says Prof. Richard Binzel. “This is one of the largest asteroids that has been very elusive to explore because of its tilted orbit.”
Verge reporter Thomas Ricker writes that MIT researchers have developed a new RFID sensor that could be used to detect moisture in diapers and send an alert to caregivers. “The sensor can be manufactured for less than 2 cents, making it suitable for disposable diapers without adding bulk,” Ricker explains.
MIT researchers have found that an internet voting app has security flaws that could make it vulnerable to hackers, reports Anthony Izaguire for the AP. “In order to maintain trust in our elections system, we must assure that voting systems meet the high technical and operation security standards before they are put in the field,” explains principal research scientist Daniel Weitzner.
Writing for Motherboard, Kim Zetter explores a new study by MIT researchers that uncovers security flaws in a mobile voting app that was used in West Virginia and a number of other states. “It’s really impressive that they were able to find such a pervasive set of vulnerabilities,” says Prof. Matt Blaze of Georgetown Law School.
TechCrunch reporter Brian Heater writes that CSAIL researchers have developed a new material that could help bring a sense of touch to robotic arms. “The usually rigid material was reconfigured into a ‘kirigami’ configuration, laser cut and reassembled into chain-linked rows so it can be stretched and flexed to adhere to the shape of the robot and move with it,” explains Heater.
Smithsonian reporter Katherine J. Wu writes that astronomers from MIT have captured a series of photographs of the Pallas asteroid that could shed light on the asteroid’s turbulent history. Wu notes that the findings “reveal Pallas as the most cratered object in the asteroid belt—a title it’s almost certainly earned by bashing into some of its neighbors.”
Verge reporter Russell Brandom writes that a team of MIT researchers has found that the Voatz mobile voting application is vulnerable to outside attacks. “After reverse-engineering Voatz’s Android app, the researchers concluded that an attacker who compromised a voter’s phone would able to observe, suppress, and alter votes nearly at will,” writes Brandom.