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  1. Computing

    Explainer: What is an algorithm?

    These step-by-step instructions underlie social media, internet searches and other computer-based activities. But what are they exactly? We explain.

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  2. Tech

    A robot referee can really keep its ‘eye’ on the ball

    Have you ever yelled at a referee for making a bad call? Technology has begun taking over some calls in an attempt to make sports fairer.

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  3. Math

    How math makes movies like Doctor Strange so otherworldly

    In the 1970s, a mathematician introduced geometric patterns that he named fractals. Moviemakers are now using those patterns to create dazzling digital effects.

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  4. Computing

    Computer chips from carbon nanotubes, not silicon, mark a milestone

    Silicon has been king of cutting-edge electronics. But that reign may soon end, with carbon nanotubes taking silicon’s place.

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  5. Tech

    AI can learn real-world skills by playing video games

    Video games are helping AI systems work together and adapt to real-world situations.

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  6. Tech

    This robot’s parts are helpless alone, but turn smart as they team up

    In a new system called “particle robotics,” many small, simple helpless units can seemingly come to life and start moving when amassed into a team.

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  7. Computing

    Novel fabric could turn perspiration into power

    Sweat cools people by evaporating. A teen now wants to use it to generate electricity as well.

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  8. Science & Society

    You can fight back against cyberattacks

    Cyberattacks have cut power to a major city and delayed the delivery of medicine. Find out how experts combat such attacks and how to protect yourself.

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  9. Science & Society

    These scientists help rescue ‘broken’ digital art

    Computer-based art is more fragile than you might think. Fortunately, computer science offers new ways to restore these digital creations.

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