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Winning photos from beautiful gardens
Green exposures - striking images from latest International Garden Photographer of the Year competition.
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Can a computer master the ancient game of Go? With more possible board configurations than the number of atoms in the universe, experts have long thought it to be impossible. But a system developed by researchers at Google DeepMind, called AlphaGo, has done it.

Combining a state-of-the-art Monte-Carlo tree search with two deep neural networks, AlphaGo not only has defeated the top existing Go programs at the forefront of A.I. research, but also has defeated reigning 3-time European Go champion Fan Hui. 

The next challenge will be to play the top Go player in the world over the last decade, Lee Sedol, this March in Seoul, South Korea. To learn more, visit the Google Research blog, linked below.
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Biblical King Hezekiah’s seal found in Jerusalem
Archaeologists have found a seal they say belonged to King Hezekiah – a ruler described in the Bible as one who “did what was right in the eyes of the LORD”.

http://www.christian.org.uk/news/biblical-king-hezekiahs-seal-found-in-jerusalem/
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Dutch university wins solar car race
A team from Delft University in the Netherlands has won a solar car race in the Australian outback. The university's Nuon Solar Team was the first to arrive at the finish line in Adelaide. The 3,000km (1,800 mile) race took four days to complete. 

Solar Channel Website: http://www.worldsolarchallenge.org/

#solar   #solarpower   #solarenergy  
A team from Delft University in the Netherlands has won a 3,000km (1,800 mile) solar car race in the Australian outback.
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San Francisco could lead on open source voting
San Francisco wants voting to be open source. That's the goal of a new initiative by the city government aimed at studying the development of a balloting system based on open source software, which would be the first of its kind in the United States.
Interesting development. Will these machines be safe?
Nowhere in the United States is there an open source voting system. While Los Angeles and Travis County, Texas, are working on open source voting systems, San Francisco could emerge »
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They'll be a hell of a lot safer than the current systems
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A nation of tall cheese-eaters

The Dutch drink a lot of milk, eat a lot of cheese, and are now the tallest people in the world. Could there be a connection? The author of a new book on the Netherlands, Ben Coates, explains how the Dutch became not only voracious but also very discerning cheese eaters.


The Dutch drink a lot of milk, eat a lot of cheese, and are now the tallest people in the world. Could there be a connection?
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Everything you need to know about private-sector fusion research:
Private-sector firms are creating nuclear fusion machines that may beat governments to the punch.
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If you like old books, you'll find this interesting
 
What Causes the Smell of New & Old Books?
Everyone's familiar with the smell of old books, the weirdly intoxicating scent that haunts libraries and second-hand book stores. Similarly, who doesn't enjoy riffling through the pages of a newly purchased book and breathing
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Dutch government: Encryption good, backdoors bad
The Dutch government's declaration looks at both sides of encryption—the benefits it provides by allowing sensitive information to be protected, and the issues it raises for the police and security services.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/dutch-government-encryption-good-backdoors-bad/ #encryption

Will also provide a grant of $537,000 to support the OpenSSL project.
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Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level
In a world first, a machine plays chess by evaluating the board rather than using brute force to work out every possible move.

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In a world first, a machine plays chess by evaluating the board rather than using brute force to work out every possible move.
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