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equations for circuitry of electronic combination lock

Claude Shannon, born 100 years ago, devised the mathematical representation of information that made the digital era possible. Shown above are the equations he developed to mathematically describe how the circuitry in an electronic combination lock functions.

monarchs

A new mathematical model attempts to map the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) navigation system. 

drug-making system

This newly designed drug-making system can rapidly produce several different medications. About the size of a fridge, the mini-factory contains all the parts needed to control and monitor the creation and purification of pharmaceutical-grade compounds (drug-making side of system shown above).

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