Famed Mathematician Claims Proof of 160-Year-Old Riemann Hypothesis

Slashdot reader OneHundredAndTen writes: Sir Michael Atiyah claims to have proved the Riemann hypothesis. This is not some internet crank, but one the towering figures of mathematics in the second half of the 20th century. The thing is, he’s almost 90 years old. According to New Scientist, Atiyah is set to present his “simple proof” of the Riemann hypothesis on Monday at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany. Atiyah has received two awards often referred to as the Nobel prizes of mathematics, the Fields medal and the Abel Prize; he also served as president of the London Mathematical Society, the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

“[T]he hypothesis is intimately connected to the distribution of prime numbers, those indivisible by any whole number other than themselves and one,” reports New Scientist. “If the hypothesis is proven to be correct, mathematicians would be armed with a map to the location of all such prime numbers, a breakthrough with far-reaching repercussions in the field.”

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Casio's see-through G-Shock watches are an icy blast of nostalgia

Casio’s G-Shock watch line is enjoying a bit of a renaissance on its 35th anniversary (you can even get a full metal model if you like), and the company is making the most of it with some particularly eye-catching wristwear. It just introduced a Gla…

Source: Engadget – Casio’s see-through G-Shock watches are an icy blast of nostalgia

Meet the World's First Self-Driving Car From 1968

Qbertino writes: The German Web industry magazine T3N (think of it as the German TechCrunch) has an article about a test circuit and a test vehicle — a modified Mercedes Benz limousine of the time — that was set up by the German tire manufacturer Continental in order to test tires in a precisely reproducible set of tests. Hence the self-driving mechanism provided by a wire in the test track to send and receive signals from the car and to record data on the test runs on magnetic tape and other high-tech stuff from the time. Here’s a short video, erm, film clip showing the setup in action — driverless seat included. Today’s artificial intelligence is nowhere to be seen of course, but the entire setup itself seems pretty impressive and sophisticated.

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Deezer's AI mood detection could lead to smarter song playlists

Astute listeners know that you can’t gauge a song’s mood solely through the instrumentation or the lyrics, but that’s often what AI has been asked to do — and that’s not much help if you’re trying to sift through millions of songs to find something…

Source: Engadget – Deezer’s AI mood detection could lead to smarter song playlists

How Qualcomm Tried and Failed To Steal Intel's Crown Jewel

An anonymous reader shares an article from Bloomberg: In early November, Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs stood on a stage in the heart of Silicon Valley and vowed to break Intel’s stranglehold on the world’s most lucrative chip business. The mobile internet and cloud computing were booming and the data centers running this digital economy had an insatiable thirst for computer servers — and especially the powerful, expensive server chips that Intel churns out by the million. Qualcomm had spent five years and hundreds of millions of dollars designing competing processors, trying to expand beyond its mobile business. Jacobs was leading a coming-out party featuring tech giants like Microsoft and HP, which had committed to try the new gear. “That’s an industry that’s been very slow moving, very complacent,” Jacobs said on stage. “We’re going to change that.”

Less than a year later, this once-promising business is in tatters, according to people familiar with the situation. Most of the key engineers are gone. Big customers are looking elsewhere or going back to Intel for the data center chips they need. Efforts to sell the operation — including a proposed management buyout backed by SoftBank — have failed, the people said. Jacobs, chief backer of the plan and the son of Qualcomm’s founder, is out, too. The demise is a story of debt-fueled dealmaking and executive cost-cutting pledges in the face of restless investors seeking quick returns — exactly the wrong environment for the painstaking and expensive task of building a new semiconductor business from scratch. It leaves Qualcomm more reliant on a smartphone market that’s plateaued. And Intel’s server chip boss is happy.

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Tesla is hand-delivering the Model 3 to speed up sales

Tesla is determined to move as many EVs as it can before its summer quarter is over, and that includes saving you from even a short trip to get your vehicle. Electrek has learned that the company just launched a “door-to-door” Tesla Direct service br…

Source: Engadget – Tesla is hand-delivering the Model 3 to speed up sales

Japan's Two Hopping Rovers Successfully Land On Asteroid Ryugu

sharkbiter shares a report from Space.com: The suspense is over: Two tiny hopping robots have successfully landed on an asteroid called Ryugu — and they’ve even sent back some wild postcards from their new home. The tiny rovers are part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Hayabusa2 asteroid sample-return mission. Engineers with the agency deployed the robots early Friday (Sept. 21), but JAXA waited until today (Sept. 22) to confirm the operation was successful and both rovers made the landing safely.

In order to complete the deployment, the main spacecraft of the Hayabusa2 mission lowered itself carefully down toward the surface until it was just 180 feet (55 meters) up. After the rovers were on their way, the spacecraft raised itself back up to its typical altitude of about 12.5 miles above the asteroid’s surface (20 kilometers). The agency still has two more deployments yet to accomplish before it can rest easy: Hayabusa2 is scheduled to deploy a larger rover called MASCOT in October and another tiny hopper next year. And of course, the main spacecraft has a host of other tasks to accomplish during its stay at Ryugu — most notably, to collect a sample of the primitive world to bring home to Earth for laboratory analysis. JAXA tweeted on Saturday: “We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, 1a & 1b. Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photos & data. We also confirmed they are moving on the surface.”

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Octopuses on Ecstasy, Weight-Loss Scams, and Neutron Stars: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech and science world has had a very interesting week: Researchers have discovered what happens when you give our favorite tentacled, ocean-dwelling friends MDMA, landed rovers on asteroids, confirmed the oldest known animal fossil on the planet, and found something very weird going on with a distant neutron star

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Source: Gizmodo – Octopuses on Ecstasy, Weight-Loss Scams, and Neutron Stars: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Airbnb hopes to give hosts a stake in the company

If Airbnb has its way, hosting travelers won’t just get you some spending money — it’ll get you a stake in the company’s future. Axios has discovered that Airbnb sent a letter to the SEC asking for the regulator to permit offering equity to hosts. A…

Source: Engadget – Airbnb hopes to give hosts a stake in the company

Flotsam Is Waterworld: The Strategy Game

Flotsam is an upcoming town-builder on PC set in a desolate future where everything has sunk beneath the waves. Players are left to scrounge the surface (and the depths) for construction materials, while avoiding things that are trying to trash your floating settlement.

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Source: Kotaku – Flotsam Is Waterworld: The Strategy Game

Researchers Create 'Spray-On' 2D Antennas

In a study published in Science Advances, researchers in Drexel’s College of Engineering describe a method for spraying invisibly thin antennas, made from a type of two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene, that perform as well as those being used in mobile devices, wireless routers and portable transducers. Phys.Org reports: The researchers, from the College’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, report that the MXene titanium carbide can be dissolved in water to create an ink or paint. The exceptional conductivity of the material enables it to transmit and direct radio waves, even when it’s applied in a very thin coating. Preserving transmission quality in a form this thin is significant because it would allow antennas to easily be embedded — literally, sprayed on — in a wide variety of objects and surfaces without adding additional weight or circuitry or requiring a certain level of rigidity.

Initial testing of the sprayed antennas suggest that they can perform with the same range of quality as current antennas, which are made from familiar metals, like gold, silver, copper and aluminum, but are much thicker than MXene antennas. Making antennas smaller and lighter has long been a goal of materials scientists and electrical engineers, so this discovery is a sizable step forward both in terms of reducing their footprint as well as broadening their application.

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Florence Leaves North Carolina Roads Covered in Stinky Dead Fish

As Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters start to recede, the storm’s lasting damage is slowly becoming apparent. Apart from the 44 deaths and thousands of flooded homes, some of the storm’s most concerning impacts are environmental. Poisonous coal ash is flowing into rivers, and at least 50 lagoons of pig waste flooded,…

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Source: Gizmodo – Florence Leaves North Carolina Roads Covered in Stinky Dead Fish

ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 1440p Preview

We look at gaming performance on ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 Ti and ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 2080 overclocked video cards at 1440p. In this preview we will compare performance in five graphically intensive games with a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GeForce GTX 1080. All real-world gameplay compared. No canned benchmarks.

Source: [H]ardOCP – ASUS ROG STRIX RTX 2080 Ti and 2080 1440p Preview

The early 'Phoenix Wright' games are heading to PC and more consoles

Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey and their gang of falsely accused clients are making their way to more platforms in the West. At the 2018 Tokyo Game Show, Capcom has announced that the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney trilogy — the first Ace Attorney game, Jus…

Source: Engadget – The early ‘Phoenix Wright’ games are heading to PC and more consoles

Wendy's Faces Class Action Lawsuit Over Collection of Staff Fingerprint Data

Fast-food chain Wendy’s is facing down a lawsuit in Illinois over its use of fingerprint scanners to track employees at work in retail locations, according to court documents obtained by ZDNet.

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And Now For Some Videos From The Telltale Archives

With adventure studio Telltale closing up, former employees are starting to share and upload all kinds of stuff from their time with the company. One of those is Jake Rodkin (now at Campo Santo/Valve, but was key to the success of Monkey Island and Walking Dead S1), who is uploading all kinds of old videos like Sam &

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Source: Kotaku – And Now For Some Videos From The Telltale Archives