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Computer scientists make progress on math puzzle

(PhysOrg.com) -- Two UT Dallas computer scientists have made progress on a nearly 4-decade-old mathematical puzzle, producing a proof that renowned Stanford computer scientist Don Knuth called "amazing" in his communication ...

Oct 28, 2010
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UK finally pardons computer pioneer Alan Turing

His code breaking prowess helped the Allies outfox the Nazis, his theories laid the foundation for the computer age, and his work on artificial intelligence still informs the debate over whether machines can think.

Dec 23, 2013
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Heads or tails? It all depends on some key variables

Everyone knows the flip of a coin is a 50-50 proposition. Only it's not. You can beat the odds. So says a three-person team of Stanford and UC-Santa Cruz researchers. They produced a provocative study that turns conventional ...

Oct 20, 2009
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Math model predicts cancer behavior

Vito Quaranta clicks on a small black dot on his computer screen. The dot – which represents about a thousand cancer cells – begins to "grow," morphing into a mass with finger-like projections that looks like an invasive ...

Dec 02, 2006
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Pseudo-mathematics and financial charlatanism

Your financial advisor calls you up to suggest a new investment scheme. Drawing on 20 years of data, he has set his computer to work on this question: If you had invested according to this scheme in the past, which portfolio ...

Apr 10, 2014
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The solution to a 200-year-old encryption

(PhysOrg.com) -- The mathematician who deciphered the final, encrypted page of a letter sent to President Thomas Jefferson in 1801 will visit the University of Oregon to tell how he did it.

Jan 11, 2010
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Ants follow Fermat's principle of least time

(Phys.org) —Ants have long been known to choose the shortest of several routes to a food source, but what happens when the shortest route is not the fastest? This situation can occur, for example, when ...

Apr 01, 2013 feature
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