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How a Computer Broke a 50-Year Math Record
DeepMind researchers trained an AI system called AlphaTensor to find new, faster algorithms for matrix multiplication. AlphaTensor quickly rediscovered — and surpassed, for some cases — the reigning algorithm discovered by German mathematician Volker Strassen in 1969.
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Pincelli Hull Explains What Killed Off the Dinosaurs
Evidence from the oceans decisively shows that an asteroid strike caused the last mass extinction, argues Pincelli Hull. The cataclysm continues to hold lessons for today.
Ronald Rivest on Building Better Elections
Ronald Rivest of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology describes the role of computers in voting and what makes elections trustworthy.
Omololu Akin-Ojo: Doing Cutting-Edge Physics in Africa
Omololu Akin-Ojo of the East African Institute for Fundamental Research discusses his plans to invigorate theoretical physics in Africa, including by focusing on problems related to energy and water that will especially impact the continent.
Nobel Laureate James P. Allison on the Origins of His Cancer Immunotherapy Research
James P. Allison of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses what initially drew him to immunology as a field and why many scientists used to be skeptical that an immunological strategy for killing cancers would work.
Scarlett Howard on the Lessons of Teaching Bees Math
Scarlett Howard describes how and why she taught honeybees math.
Barbara Liskov on the Future of Computer Science
Barbara Liskov addresses the challenges that confront computer science.
Virginia Trimble on How Astronomy Has Changed
Virginia Trimble discusses how astronomy has changed over the course of her half-century career.
Stephanie Wehner Aims to Build a Quantum Internet
Wehner discusses the advantages of transmitting qubits rather than bits across a long-distance communication network.
Craig Callender on the Trouble With Black Hole Thermodynamics
Craig Callender explains why the connection between black holes and thermodynamics is little more than an analogy.