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An AI has disproved five mathematical conjectures with no human help

Technology 20 May 2021 By Matthew Sparkes Shutterstock/ktsdesignAn artificial intelligence has disproved five mathematical conjectures – unproven theorems – despite not being equipped with any information about the problems. Adam Zsolt Wagner at Tel Aviv University in Israel used an AI approach to search for examples that would disprove a range of long-standing conjectures in…

Solos review: Star-studded sci-fi that is let down by the material

By Bethan Ackerley Helen Mirren’s character Peg ponders the one that got awayJason LaVeris/Amazon Prime VideoSolos, Amazon Prime’s latest sci-fi anthology series, bills itself as a show that ponders what it means to be human in an increasingly atomised, technologically advanced world. From this vaguest of premises, it tells the stories of eight people across…

Tiny self-propelling submarines could help clean up toxic waste

Technology 20 May 2021 By Leah Crane Tube-shaped microrobots could be used to clean up polluted waterStephanie Jackson – PhotographsoSubmarines are going microscopic. Tiny tubes about 10 micrometres long can propel themselves using only sunlight and can be steered by magnetic fields. These microrobots could be useful for cleaning up toxic waste. Most swimming microrobots…