Machine learning works spectacularly well, but mathematicians aren’t quite sure why. At a dinner I attended…

# Month: May 2022

## Privacy by the Numbers: A New Approach to Safeguarding Data

A mathematical technique gives researchers access to personal data while meeting a high standard for privacy…

## A Fight for the Soul of Science

String theory, the multiverse and other ideas of modern physics are potentially untestable. At a historic…

## Which Computational Universe Do We Live In?

Cryptographers want to know which of five possible worlds we inhabit, which will reveal whether truly…

## What Happens When We Give Animals Our Diseases?

While it’s understandable to focus on the diseases affecting humans, it’s important to study how our…

## Secrets of the Moon’s Permanent Shadows Are Coming to Light

Robots are about to venture into the sunless depths of lunar craters to investigate ancient water…

## Mathematicians Coax Fluid Equations Into Nonphysical Solutions

The famed Navier-Stokes equations can lead to cases where more than one result is possible, but…

## New Proof Illuminates the Hidden Structure of Common Equations

Van der Waerden’s conjecture mystified mathematicians for 85 years. Its solution shows how polynomial roots relate…

## Can We Manufacture Water Out of Thin Air?

Water is becoming an increasingly important issue in the developed world. But this issue is nothing new…

## How Drought Works

Venture through Namibia’s central Namib Desert and you’ll find salt marshes where vegetation and creatures as…