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machine learning

Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak

August 29, 2013

Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.

quantum computing

The Proof in the Quantum Pudding

August 21, 2013

How do you know if a quantum computer is doing what it claims? A new protocol offers a possible solution and a boost to quantum cryptography.

networks

Nature’s Loopy Architecture

August 14, 2013

In the complex architecture that ferries fluids in plants and brains, scientists are finding a model of resilience.

Physics

Physicists Close In on ‘Perfect’ Optical Lens

August 8, 2013

Researchers are making progress toward a “perfect lens” that will be able to resolve an organelle assembling a protein or a virus attacking a cell.

evolution

On Microbial Frontier, Cooperation Thrives

August 2, 2013

Population expansion may be a major driver in the evolution of cooperation, with implications for new antibiotics, cancer treatments and perhaps even human behavior.

Q&A

In Pursuit of Quantum Biology

July 30, 2013

An interview with the Berkeley chemist K. Birgitta Whaley on the promise and challenge of translating quantum biology into practical quantum devices.

computer science

Evidence That Machines Learn Like Us

July 23, 2013

Studies show that computer models called “neural networks” behave strikingly similar to actual brains when performing certain tasks, suggesting the two may learn in the same way.

particle physics

In Hunt for Dark Matter, Promises to Keep?

July 18, 2013

Whispers of the elusive particles are becoming stronger with a series of signals that appear to be zeroing in on a leading contender.

evolution

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

July 16, 2013

Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.