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The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue | Quanta Magazine

For decades, an origin-of-life story starring RNA has prevailed. New research may be shaking that theory’s hold on our understanding of life’s beginnings.

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Will the Future of AI Learning Depend More on Nature or Nurture?

NYU’s Yann LeCun and Gary Marcus debated whether the future of AI learning is more about nature or nurture

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AlphaGo's next move | DeepMind

This week’s series of thrilling games with the world’s best players, in the country where Go originated, has been the highest possible pinnacle for AlphaGo as a competitive program. For that reason, the Future of Go Summit is our final match event with AlphaGo. To mark the end of the event we wanted to give a special gift to fans of Go around the world, publishing a special set of 50 AlphaGo vs AlphaGo games, played at full length time controls, which we believe contain many new and interesting ideas and strategies for the Go community to explore.

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Illustrated Story of Eccentric Genius and Lovable Oddball Paul Erdős

How a prodigy of primes became the Magician from Budapest before he learned how to butter his own bread.

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World View Launches Emblem Design Contest for Near-Space Balloon Trips

A company making high-altitude balloons for rides to the edge of space wants a new logo, and it's asking the public for help. The Tucson-based group World View announced that it's seeking an emblem to represent its future passengers, or "Voyagers."

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Starlite is a miracle material that could change the world – but secret may have gone to the grave with its inventor

It was unveiled on the BBC TV show ‘Tomorrow’s World’ in 1991 during which its British inventor held a Starlite-coated egg up to a blowtorch – and it was still runny inside.