Harvard mathematician answers 150-year-old chess problem

The n-queens challenge dates back to 1869. After working on the problem for about 5 years, mathematician Michael Simkin has an almost definitive solution.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
yesterday ~5 min

How the Biden administration is making gains in an uphill battle against Russian hackers

The US has made a dent in Russian cyber criminal gangs. But tensions with Russia and the shadowy nature of hacking keep the threat level high.

Scott Jasper, Senior Lecturer in National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School • conversation
yesterday ~9 min


Why some decisions feel right while others don’t

Feeling like you've really thought through all the different options makes us feel more confident in our choices, researchers report.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 20, 2022 ~8 min

‘Smart sutures’ monitor deep wounds to prevent problems

With new smart sutures, a battery-free, wireless sensor can detect and transmit information about wounds from deep surgical sites.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 20, 2022 ~6 min

Cilia’s push turns sperm into super swimmers

Carpets of tiny hairs called cilia that line the inside of the fallopian tubes give sperm the extra boost they need to be super swimmers, a new study shows.

U. Oregon • futurity
Jan. 20, 2022 ~4 min

Researchers Find Moon in Another Solar System

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 19, 2022 ~4 min

Microsoft Aims to Buy Gaming Company Activision for $69 Billion

VOA Learning English • voa
Jan. 19, 2022 ~5 min

Sensors could personalize treatment after traumatic hand loss

Sensors that gather data on how people use a prosthesis versus a transplant in everyday life after a traumatic hand loss could help personalize treatment.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 19, 2022 ~5 min


Earth’s insides are cooling faster than we thought

New results "suggest that Earth, like the other rocky planets Mercury and Mars, is cooling and becoming inactive much faster than expected."

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 19, 2022 ~5 min

A new way to perform "general inverse design" with high accuracy

SMART breakthrough could help develop technologies that can identify materials according to desired properties for specific applications.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Jan. 18, 2022 ~8 min

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