Cody O’Loughlin for Quanta Magazine
Barbara Liskov pioneered the modern approach to writing code. She warns that the challenges facing computer science today can’t be overcome with good design alone.
Taste and smell receptors in unexpected organs monitor the state of the body’s natural microbial health and raise an alarm over invading parasites.
Three physicists stumbled across an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous objects in math.
Activity in the visual cortex and other sensory areas is dominated by signals about body movements, down to little tics and twitches. Scientists are now rethinking how they study and conceive of perception.
By ignoring their goals, evolutionary algorithms have solved longstanding challenges in artificial intelligence.
In a Paris lab, researchers have shown for the first time that quantum methods of transmitting information are superior to classical ones.
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