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ICYMI: How many of our active genes typically influence a complex trait or disease? Maybe all of them, according to one controversial proposal.
ICYMI: Neural networks can be as unpredictable as they are powerful. Now mathematicians are beginning to reveal how a neural network’s form will influence its function.
ICYMI: Could future robots have human-like levels of intuition or even exhibit free will? Judea Pearl thinks the answer is yes, but achieving this goal will require fundamental changes to the field of AI research.
ICYMI: “Everybody thinks basically that the method you learn in school in the best one, but in fact it’s an active area of research.” — study coauthor Joris Van Der Hoeven
BREAKING: A new simulation has revealed that global warming could cause stratocumulus clouds to disappear in as little as a century, which would add 8°C (14°F) of extra warming.
Mathematicians Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze and Akshay Venkatesh have just been awarded the Fields Medal. Computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis won the Nevanlinna Prize. Read our exclusive, in-depth profiles of all five winners.
Karen Uhlenbeck’s research helped establish the field of geometric analysis and “inspired a generation of mathematicians.” Today she became the first woman to win the Abel Prize.
Elephants failed the mirror test for self-awareness — until researchers made the mirrors big enough for elephants to see themselves alongside other elephants.