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Computer Scientists Break the ‘Traveling Salesperson’ Record

When Nathan Klein started graduate school two years ago, his advisers proposed a modest plan: to work together on one of the most famous, long-standing problems in theoretical computer science. Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science…

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Scientists are worried about the impact of Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes flooding

Recent high water levels of Kenya’s Rift Valley lakes have flooded properties and displaced communities, most notably around Lakes Baringo and Naivasha.There are many lakes along the length of the African Rift Valley, which runs from the Red Sea in the north to Mozambique in the south. Kenya’s eastern Rift Valley has a string of…

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Scientists Have Been ‘Abysmal’ With COVID Forecasts, British Official Says

Sir Iain Duncan Smith, or IDS as he is so often referred to, has spent 28 years in Britain’s Parliament. In that time, he’s served as Conservative Party leader, been a vocal campaigner for Brexit and was the architect of the controversial Universal Credit scheme, a social security payment in the U.K. that critics have…

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Scientists Trapped In Ice for Past Year Return With a Dire Warning

Polarstern at the beginning of MOSAiC in September 2019. Image: Janek UinThe largest Arctic expedition in history came to an end on Monday as the research vessel Polarstern returned to her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany, more than a year after setting out on a groundbreaking—or more accurately, ice-breaking—polar voyage. Since its departure from Norway on…

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Scientists on how Africa has so far weathered the worst of Covid-19’s health impact

As the threat of a Covid-19 pandemic emerged earlier this year, many felt a sense of apprehension about what would happen when it reached Africa. Concerns over the combination of overstretched and underfunded health systems and the existing load of infectious and non-infectious diseases often led to it being talked about in apocalyptic terms.However, it…

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Scientists who helped identify Hepatitis C virus win 2020 Nobel Medicine Prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Two Americans and a Briton won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Medicine on Monday for work in identifying the Hepatitis C virus, which causes cirrhosis and liver cancer.The discoveries by scientists Harvey Alter, Charles Rice and Briton Michael Houghton meant there was now a chance of eradicating the Hepatitis C virus completely,…

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Yale scientists have developed a flexible robotic fabric

What just happened? The field of robotics has come a long way over the past few decades, and we’ve seen many incredible advancements, such as the robotic dog known as Spot, or — to use a more recent example — a new “breakthrough” fabric engineered by researchers working out of Yale University. Yale professor Rebecca…

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Scientists find distant planet that’s hotter than the sun

Europe’s CHEOPS satellite, launched in December last year, has uncovered details about its first exoplanet: An extreme world that is one of the hottest planets ever studied, where even metals like iron would evaporate and turn into gas. The planet, named WASP-189 b, is of a type called an ultra-hot Jupiter, because it is a…

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Scientists Find Evidence for Vast Lakes Hidden Under Mars’ Surface

South pole of Mars. Image: Stocktrek Images via GettyWater is so essential for life on Earth that its presence is considered by scientists to be the most important indicator of potential habitability on alien worlds. For instance, Mars may have briefly had the right conditions to support life billions of years ago, when portions of…

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Scientists May Have Found a Material for Building on Mars

Space aficionados who dream of one day colonizing Mars must grapple with the stark reality of the planet’s limited natural resources, particularly when it comes to building materials. A team of scientists from the Singapore University of Technology and Design discovered that, using simple chemistry, the organic polymer chitin—contained in the exoskeletons of insects and…