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Many have heard of Alan Turing (in pic), the mathematician and logician who invented modern computing in 1935. But did you know that Turing also explained patterns in nature with math? Recently, chemical engineers in China used the pattern generation described by Turing to explain a more efficient process for water desalination, which is increasingly being used to provide freshwater for drinking and irrigation in arid places. 

  • Published 21.05.18
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Patterns in nature

• Many have heard of Alan Turing (in pic), the mathematician and logician who invented modern computing in 1935. But did you know that Turing also explained patterns in nature with math? Recently, chemical engineers in China used the pattern generation described by Turing to explain a more efficient process for water desalination, which is increasingly being used to provide freshwater for drinking and irrigation in arid places. Their work was published in a paper in the journal Science.

Lonely rock

• When astronomers found a carbon-covered asteroid floating among countless icy bodies far away in our solar system, they were surprised. They would have expected that space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Instead, it was lurking in the outer solar system, in the vast, frigid Kuiper belt. The researchers believe the asteroid sling-shotted from the inner solar system 4.5 billion years ago, and it may provide insight into the early formation of our planets. The paper was published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

Elephant walk

• Using tools designed for detecting earthquakes, researchers found that different elephant activities - walking, running, snorting, grunting - create distinct "seismic signatures" in the ground. In some cases, according to a study published in Current Biology, these vibrations travel farther through the ground than they could through the air, giving the animals a way, along with their 110-decibel trumpets, for long-distance communication.

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