Math Riddle From the 1980’s Finally Solved – Could Be Used to Improve Phones and Computers
Researchers thought that they were five years away from solving a math riddle from the 1980’s. In reality, and without knowing, they had nearly cracked the problem already. “ We had nearly given up on getting the last piece and solving the riddle. We thought we had a minor result, one that was interesting, but in no way solved the problem.
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Researchers use color-changing fibers to test knot strength
In a groundbreaking study, researchers led by MIT's Vishal Patil have utilized fibers that change colors when placed under varying amounts of strain to test the strength and durability of various kinds of knots. While knots have been used by humans for millennia, little is known about the mathematical interactions between the various levels of strain utilized in different knots, which this study explored with great success.
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