In the April 1 SN: Digital tech on the brain, cancer’s sweet spell, elephant sleep stats, ancient stardust spotted, a hydrothermal cradle of life, nutrition in a changing climate, nesting-doll parasitism, a neutrino trio and more.
HACK REACT Responding to a cyberattack isn’t straightforward; a new game theory analysis reveals when a counterattack is and isn’t a good strategy.
NO BLUFF Computers can now defeat professional poker players at heads-up no-limit Texas Hold’em. Pro Jason Les (right) plays poker bot Libratus as computer scientist Tuomas Sandholm, one of the bot’s creators, looks on.
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SAY WHAT? Hello, Siri, can you understand me now? That conversation goes much differently today than it would have in the 1960s, when devices only knew nine words.