‘Shellshock’ bug a massive vulnerability for BASH users
Long before the commercial success of the Internet, Brian J. Fox invented one of its most widely used tools.
Barnhart announces period of reflection after death of Wang
President L. Rafael Reif announced Tuesday the death of Phoebe Wang ’17, who local media reported was found dead in her MacGregor dorm room. In response to her death, as well as the deaths of several other members of the MIT community in recent months, Chancellor Cynthia A. Barnhart PhD ’88 and student leaders will call on the community to spend 15 minutes this coming Monday at noon to reflect on the effects of the recent deaths.
MIT libraries planning major space renovations
The MIT administration said it is in the early stages of planning major renovations of campus libraries, including Hayden (humanities and sciences), Barker (engineering), and Rotch (architecture and planning). Organizers have not yet decided specific details of the project, and are encouraging input from the community.
Astronomers confirm contamination by stardust in detection of sky ripples
Stardust got in their eyes.
In the Tuesday, Sept. 23 issue of The Tech on page seven, the center spread titled “2014 Fall Career Fair” had no attribution. The photographs on this spread were taken by Megan Prakash ’18.
Changes to sorority recruitment increase retention
The MIT Panhellenic Association (Panhel) announced that five of MIT’s six sororities issued a total of 189 bids during this year’s formal recruitment, the same number of bids as reported by The Tech last year.
LONDON — In the world of drones, Europe is out to show that whatever the United States can do, it can do better.
Ferguson Police Chief offers apology to Brown’s family
CHICAGO — The police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, issued a rare public apology Thursday for the death of Michael Brown, addressing the Brown family directly in a short video posted online.
Beautiful warm weekend in store
Yesterday, a coastal low pressure system just missed us as it passed offshore, bringing overcast skies and a cool northeast wind to Cambridge. Today will be warmer, with a high temperature of 70°F (21°C) and mostly sunny skies thanks to a high pressure system building in from the west. Expect north winds becoming northeasterly at around 10 mph.
The Obama administration Wednesday issued new guidelines intended to strengthen the oversight of federally funded biology research that could inadvertently produce bioweapons.
New Harvard investment chief; Yale sees high returns
As Harvard named a new management chief in its bid to improve the returns on its huge portfolio, Yale University reported Wednesday that its fund had earned a 20.2 percent return for the fiscal year, a big payoff for a strategy that was criticized in the wake of the financial crisis. The developments intensified the spotlight on the investment practices of the Ivy League colleges and the high stakes for their endowments.
Palestinian factions agree to resolve differences, leaders say
JERUSALEM — Leaders of rival Palestinian factions said Thursday that they had agreed to resolve their differences and allow the Palestinian Authority to return to the Gaza Strip so reconstruction could begin there next month.
Runner-up in Afghan vote strikes conciliatory tone
KABUL, Afghanistan — The runner-up in Afghanistan’s bitterly disputed presidential election, Abdullah Abdullah, struck a conciliatory note toward President-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in a speech Thursday in which he confirmed that he would join the government as its chief executive officer.
A good old-fashioned action movie
With a gang of Russians, a fair amount of blood, and shot after shot of Denzel Washington in slow motion, The Equalizer checks off every stereotype for the action movie genre. Washington stars as McCall, a man with a mysterious past trying to return to a quiet life. When he finds out that a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), is brutally controlled by a Russian gang, McCall seeks justice in the form of violence. He must once again take up his role as “The Equalizer,” punishing those who do harm.
For the second time in three weeks, the MIT men’s soccer team received NEWMAC Athlete of the Week honors as freshman Joshua M. Wilson ‘18 was tabbed Defender of the Week on Monday. The accolade comes following a successful week for the Engineers, who captured back-to-back contests against Emerson College and Roger Williams University.
MIT edges Babson, 5-4
In a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) battle of undefeated women’s tennis teams, MIT came from behind to edge Babson College, 5-4, keeping its win streak intact at five to start the season. Babson, which had taken a 2-1 advantage after doubles, saw its seven-match win streak snapped.
UPCOMING HOME EVENTS
Saturday, September 27