Robotic Drones, a New Flight Simulator, and More Car News This Week

Sometimes, it’s nice to see humans working with machines.This week, WIRED Transportation took you to Austin, where professional drone racers—yes, they exist!—raced against robot-directed ones on a complicated course. Sure, there was a winner in the end: the human racers. But Lockheed Martin, which sponsored the race, is hoping the technological advances pushed by such…

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Mathematician Terence Tao Cracks a ‘Dangerous’ Problem

Experienced mathematicians warn up-and-comers to stay away from the Collatz conjecture. It’s a siren song, they say: Fall under its trance and you may never do meaningful work again.The Collatz conjecture is quite possibly the simplest unsolved problem in mathematics—which is exactly what makes it so treacherously alluring.Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine,…

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