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ICYMI: What’s the best way to multiply? For computers dealing with the massive multiplication problems needed to encrypt data, simple elementary school methods aren’t fast enough.
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“Mathematics is more social than perhaps any other subject in academia, which is kind of fun,” said Stefan Friedl of the University of Regensburg and one of the organizers of the workshop.
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Near the end of the week, the group returned for another round of “five-minute talks” — but this time, the mathematicians had to explain their research with a drink in their hands.
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Transplanting an effective technique into a different environment like this is a common way for new mathematics to get made. To do it, mathematicians need to understand what fundamentally makes the technique work.
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After hearing Katie Vokes of the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies in France give a talk about testing whether certain graphs are “hyperbolic,” Priyam Patel of the University of Utah spoke with her in the hope that she could adapt the test to her own work.
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In a round of “five-minute talks,” 12 mathematicians raced a timer to convey their research.
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At Oberwolfach, Autumn Kent of the University of Wisconsin and Yair Minsky of Yale University discussed gluing together three-dimensional manifolds. They approached the task the way you might approach building a treehouse.
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Many of us typically communicate with divided attention. Mathematicians, when they’re talking about math, listen intently — as if they were exploring dangerous new terrain and their lives depended on understanding each other.
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To nonexperts, mathematics might seem settled. But to scholars who live and work in the field, math is an unknown continent we’ve only just begun to explore.
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The Oberwolfach Research Institute for Mathematics has long served as a place for mathematicians to gather and collaborate. Senior writer visited Olberwolfach in the last days before such in-person gatherings became impossible. (Thread)
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ICYMI: For decades, would-be earthquake prognosticators have looked to foreshocks as a way of predicting major seismic events. Recent work with machine learning algorithms homes in on subtler signals.
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ICYMI: “If you target the [body] clock you can change a whole raft of intracellular systems at one fell swoop. … You can reprogram the cell very efficiently.” — researcher Rachel Edgar, who studies how circadian rhythms affect infections.
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ICYMI: When Planck’s constant turns up in experiments, “you know you’re touching on something very, very deep and fundamental,” said Louis Taillefer.
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ICYMI: “At the broad genetic level, it doesn't seem like you need major changes in the genome to make these big changes in your life history.” – Biologist David Gold, discussing the first Jellyfish genome.
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ICYMI: When the researcher Mustapha Khammash first read about how bodies maintain their calcium levels through feedback, his engineering training told him that the cells had to have an “integrator” to make it possible. His team has now shown how it works.
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From the archives: Recent calculations tie together two conjectures about gravity, potentially revealing new truths about its elusive quantum nature.
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ICYMI: After successfully predicting laboratory earthquakes, a team of geophysicists has applied a machine learning algorithm to quakes in the Pacific Northwest.
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This week on “The Joy of x” podcast, astrophysicist Brian Keating talks to about his career spent pursuing the deepest mysteries of the universe — and what it was like to withdraw a Nobel Prize–worthy (but flawed) claim in cosmology.
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The atomic “two-level systems” inside glass make creating a perfect mirror remarkably difficult. “LIGO at this point is literally limited by that,” said Frances Hellman, a member of the 1,000-person LIGO scientific team.
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