Researchers to win Abel prize for algorithmic study

In a world powered by algorithms, two mathematicians have helped pioneer the field of computational complexity — that is, the study of the speed and efficiency of algorithms. László Lovász of Budapest, Hungary, and Avi Wigderson of Princeton, US, will share this year’s Abel prize, often described as the Nobel prize of mathematics. Computational complexity […]

Deepfake creator wants viewers to ‘think twice’

Chris Ume, creator of viral Tom Cruise deepfake, said that he wanted viewers to “start thinking twice” about the content they are watching and that they may be fabricated, despite how realistic it may appear. Deepfakes typically involve a picture or video where a person or object is manipulated to say or do something else. […]

Fungi turns rotting wood into electricity

A team of scientists led by Ingo Burgert at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, found a way to transform wood into clean electricity by treating it with fungi. When the pressure is applied to wood, an electric charge is produced. This process has been discussed since the 1940s, but the small amount of energy the process produced […]

The nano sponge that can soak up oil spills in freezing Arctic waters

Scientists have uncovered a sponge that can soak up 99% of oil in the freezing Arctic water. The nano-engineered sponge can clean up oil spills as it is covered in a paraffin-like material that helps it work even in frigid-temperature water. NewScientist reported that oil spills happen at a worrying frequency and that in the […]