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Research Science

2021’s Biggest Breakthroughs in Math and Computer Science

2021 was a big year. Researchers found a way to idealize deep neural networks using kernel machines—an important step toward opening these black boxes. There were major developments toward an answer about the nature of infinity. And a mathematician finally managed to model quantum gravity. Read the articles in full at Quanta Magazine.

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Interesting

How 9/11 Changed Skyscraper Design

As we approach the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I thank God every single day that I survived. Sometimes, being late for work can save your life. To say that the attacks changed our lives would be an epic understatement. But I do often wonder how the attacks changed the design of skyscrapers. Apparently, […]

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Quantum Computing

Quantum Computers, Explained With Quantum Physics

Quanta Magazine explains why quantum computers aren’t the next generation of supercomputers—they’re something else entirely.

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AI Science

Protein Folding Explained and Why DeepMind’s New Solution is a Big Deal

Earlier today, I shared Lex Fridman’s discussion on DeepMind’s recent advancement on protein folding. Join DeepMind  Science Engineer Kathryn Tunyasuvunakool to explore the hidden world of proteins and why this discovery is a big deal. These tiny molecular machines underpin every biological process in every living thing and each one has a unique 3D shape […]

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AI Interesting Science

How to Wire a Computer Like a Human Brain

The goal of neuromorphic computing is simple: mimic the neural structure of the brain. Seeker checks out the current generation of computer chips that’s getting closer to reaching this non-trivial engineering task.

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Quantum Computing

How Graphene Could Help Us Build Bigger and Better Quantum Computers

Quantum computers can solve problems in seconds that would take “ordinary” computers millennia, but their sensitivity to interference is major engineering obstacle. Now, researchers claim they’ve created a component that drastically cuts down on error-inducing noise. Seeker explains how graphene could make a big difference.

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Future Space

This New Nuclear Battery Could Power Deep Space Missions for Decades

Seeker explains how a new kind of nuclear battery could power missions into deep space. In April of 2020, NASA researchers announced they had come up with a new approach to fusion that has the potential to power missions into deep space, and maybe even future laptops here on Earth. This is really exciting news […]

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