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KNOT THEORY 

 

Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem

By  ERICA KLARREICH

It took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
 

Symbolic Mathematics Finally Yields to Neural Networks

By  STEPHEN ORNES

After translating some of math’s complicated equations, researchers have created an AI system that they hope will answer even bigger questions.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG

 

Egg Laying or Live Birth: How Evolution Chooses

By  DANA NAJJAR

A lizard that both lays eggs and gives birth to live young is helping scientists understand how and why these forms of reproduction evolved.

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Out-of-Sync ‘Loners’ May Secretly Protect Orderly Swarms

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

Studies of collective behavior usually focus on how crowds of organisms coordinate their actions. But what if the individuals that don’t participate have just as much to tell us?

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QUANTA SCIENCE PODCAST
 

What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists

Podcast produced by SUSAN VALOT; story by JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

Researchers struggle to incorporate ongoing evolutionary discoveries into an animal classification scheme older than Darwin.

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