Open algorithms and secret keys: will existing encryption solutions solace quantum?

When we design an algorithm for encryption, we’re not devising some kind of secret code. In fact, the whole algorithm is open – it’s published, and well-known. The only part which is not known is this relatively short 128-bit piece of information – a simple, secret key. And every time you’d like to communicate, you … Continue reading Open algorithms and secret keys: will existing encryption solutions solace quantum?

How does AI think?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) machines can be trained to solve puzzles on their own, by learning to recognise rules and patterns in data, rather than by simply following the rules humans program into them. But often, researchers don’t know what rules the AI have made for themselves. Peter Koo, an assistant professor at Cold Spring Harbor … Continue reading How does AI think?

Shedding new light on star formation

Australian astronomers have developed a new model to study the birth of stars, spanning cosmic time from the beginning of the Universe until today. The algorithm, created by researchers at the University of Western Australia’s node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) along with an international team, succeeded in accurately reconstructing star … Continue reading Shedding new light on star formation