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02.10.2017
After AlphaGo’s victory over the world’s best Go players, the giants of Silicon Valley are pitting artificial intelligence against real-time strategy (RTS) video games like StarCraft.
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02.09.2017
Stronger, smarter, more agile, and taller than its predecessor, a new humanoid robot called Pyrène will soon take center stage as France’s main platform for advanced robotics research.
02.02.2017
To better understand how probabilities play out in soccer, researchers have just created a championship where the number of matches tends towards infinity. Could this help explain—and predict—why...
01.31.2017
Why do people become attached to robots, how do they display this attachment, and is reproducible? Véronique Aubergé, a leading social robotics specialist shares her insight on the complex...
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01.26.2017
An expedition to the Kisangani region, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has yielded surprising findings about a supposedly very rare bat species, the pied butterfly bat, whose black fur with...
01.23.2017
However objective they may seem, the figures presented in legal cases are sometimes based on a misleading or ill-conceived use of mathematics. The mathematician Leila Schneps explains the phenomenon.
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07.29.2016
Why are women underrepresented in most areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)? A common explanation is that there exists a hiring bias against women in those fields. A new...
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07.25.2016
What if the gestures we make when we speak do more than merely underline what we say? What if they also helped our oral expression? Convinced of the intimate connection between gestures and speech,...
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07.20.2016
By analyzing microscopic defects in the mineral that makes up 60% of the Earth’s mantle, researchers have uncovered what makes this solid rock flow.
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07.20.2016
Researchers use computers to create the world's longest proof, and solve a mathematical problem that had remained open for 35 years.
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07.18.2016
French mathematicians Hugo Duminil-Copin and Vincent Calvez were awarded prizes by the European Mathematical Society (EMS), whose congress is being held this week in Berlin. Christoph Sorger,...
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07.13.2016
Since its construction, more than 120 million visitors from all over the world have marveled at the Eiffel Tower. Historian Bertrand Lemoine looks back at the career and achievements of its prolific...