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SPEED DEMON  This new computer program’s clever number-crunching strategy could route ride shares, discover new drugs and analyze genetic data far faster than other algorithms.

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MATH GETS REAL  Chaos theory explains why it’s so difficult to predict weather — a small change in conditions at any point in time can have a large effect on future conditions in, for example, a hurricane’s trajectory (Tropical Storm Harvey shown).

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SO-SO SOFTWARE When it comes to predicting whether or not someone will commit another crime — which can affect lockup time — computer programs don’t have an edge over people.

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