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Machine Intelligence Cracks Genetic Controls

December 18, 2014

Scientists have begun to decipher the most difficult-to-read parts of the genome — the parts that don’t code for proteins. The new work reveals how errors in these genetic instructions can lead to disease.

Computer Science

A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos

December 4, 2014

New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.

2014 Fields Medal and Nevanlinna Prize

A Grand Vision for the Impossible

August 12, 2014

Subhash Khot’s bold conjecture is helping mathematicians explore the precise limits of computation.

Obfuscation
Computer Science

Perfecting the Art of Sensible Nonsense

January 30, 2014

In a watershed moment for cryptography, computer scientists have proposed a solution to a fundamental problem called “program obfuscation.”

Data Driven: The New Big Science

The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

October 9, 2013

The nature of computing has changed dramatically over the last decade, and more innovation is needed to weather the gathering data storm.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

Our Bodies, Our Data

October 7, 2013

New technologies have launched the life sciences into the age of big data. Biologists must now make sense of their windfall.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come

October 4, 2013

Scientific data sets are becoming more dynamic, requiring new mathematical techniques on par with the invention of calculus.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

A Digital Copy of the Universe, Encrypted

October 2, 2013

As physics prepares for ambitious projects like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the field is seeking new methods of data-driven discovery.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

Imagining Data Without Division

September 30, 2013

As science dives headlong into an ocean of data, the demands of large-scale interdisciplinary collaborations are growing increasingly acute.