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2012-05-10 09:27:42

Harvard's Robert Wood and MIT's Scott Aaronson win NSF's most prestigious award, which will help fuel their research pursuits Researchers Scott Aaronson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Robert Wood of Harvard University were recognized as Alan T. Waterman Awardees at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State last week. While in the Washington, D.C. area, Aaronson and Wood also visited NSF headquarters, where they discussed their research in talks at the National...

2012-03-09 10:37:09

Harvard's Robert Wood and MIT's Scott Aaronson win NSF's most prestigious award, which will help fuel their research pursuits Today the National Science Foundation (NSF) named two young scientists, Robert Wood of Harvard University and Scott Aaronson of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), to receive this year's Alan T. Waterman Award. The annual award recognizes an outstanding researcher under the age of 35 in any field of science or engineering NSF supports. In addition...

2011-03-02 20:47:57

New MIT experiment would use quantum effects to perform otherwise intractable calculations Quantum computers are computers that exploit the weird properties of matter at extremely small scales. Many experts believe that a full-blown quantum computer could perform calculations that would be hopelessly time consuming on classical computers, but so far, quantum computers have proven hard to build. At the Association for Computing Machinery's 43rd Symposium on Theory of Computing in June,...

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2010-08-12 05:30:00

Scientists are challenging claims by a California mathematician that he has solved the long-standing "P vs. NP" problem, one of the most difficult unsolved riddles of computer science. Dr. Vinay Deolalikar of Hewlett-Packard laboratories says he has solved the long-standing question, one of seven Millennium Prize Problems set out by the Clay Mathematics Institute. The Institute has offered a $1 Million award for anyone who solves any of the problems, which they described as the most difficult...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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