U.S. Passengers Depart Cruise Ship Quarantined Over Coronavirus

TOKYO—American passengers on the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship departed from a Tokyo airport early Monday on flights home that the U.S. government arranged after a high-level political push in Washington. Buses carried the Americans from the ship, the site of the biggest coronavirus outbreak outside China, to Haneda airport,…

A Beetle Math Puzzle | Gödel’s Lost Letter and P=NP

Lessons from a puzzle about prime numbers [ Wikipedia ] Doron Zeilberger is a famous combinatorial mathematician based at Rutgers. He is noted for actively using computers in research. His computers even get co-authorship credit under the name “Shalosh B. Ekhad,” which is Hebrew for 3B1—a computer that came from…

Budget may be delayed, says Transport Secretary Grant Shapps

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGrant Shapps: “I don’t think we’ve said it will definitely go ahead on the same date that was mentioned before” The government’s budget may be delayed, a cabinet minister has said. It had been set for 11 March, but the timetable was…

MARS COLONIES: Plans for Settling the Red Planet 1, Frank Crossman

In October 2018, The Mars Society announced that it was holding a special contest called, “The Mars Colony Prize” for designing the best plan for a Mars colony of 1000 people. There would be a prize of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second and $2500 for third. In addition, the best…

Caroline Flack: Love Island and TV stars pay tribute to presenter

Image copyright AFP Tributes have poured in for ex-Love Island host Caroline Flack, after she was found dead in her London flat. A lawyer for her family said she had taken her own life. Her management company said the 40-year-old had been “under huge pressure” since she was accused of…

U.S. Seeks to Rally Wary Europeans Against China

MUNICH—Defense Secretary Mark Esper told European allies in a speech Saturday the U.S. considers China a pre-eminent threat in its pursuit of an “advantage by any means and at any cost.” His comments at the Munich Security Conference followed earlier remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that “the West…

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