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"Origami solves roadmap riddle," by Helen Pearson. Nature Science Update, 18 February2002.

One of the symposia at the February 2002 annual meeting of the AmericanAssociation for the Advancement of Science concerned computational origami(paper-folding). Pearson's article summarizes talks by Erik Demaine of MIT andMartin Kruskal of Rutgers University. She points out how recent results relateto folding a road map and other paper-folding problems, instances obviouslyrelevant to the symposium's topic, and mentions some not-so-obviousapplications, such as building furniture from a single sheet of material.

---Mike Breen