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An artificial intelligence (AI) system called Pluribus has beaten top human professionals at six-player no-limit Texas hold’em poker, the most popular variant of the game. It is the first time that an AI program has won against elite human players at a game with more than two players.
Construction of the controversial Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) is set to resume in Hawaii next week after a four-year delay. The project has faced legal challenges and protests over its site on Mauna Kea, a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians that is already home to 13 astronomical observatories.
A ‘smart’ building facade equipped with movable solar panels could substantially improve buildings’ energy efficiency. A prototype that automatically adjusted the panel orientation to optimize electricity generation, passive heating, shading and daylight penetration generated up to 50% more energy than a static system.
INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK
FEATURES & OPINION
After experiencing anxiety during her PhD, occupational therapist Sarah Masefield discovered how helpful a vibrant and supportive postgraduate research community can be. She explains how PhD students’ knowledge can and should be harnessed to help others who are beginning their postgraduate journey.
On this week’s Nature Podcast, planetary-science reporter Alex Witze explores the latest US plans to land people on the Moon by 2024, the history of the Apollo missions and what’s next for lunar exploration.
BOOKS & ARTS
From delightfully nerdy histories of engineering to surveys of social issues back on Earth, Alexandra Witze savours seven books commemorating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landings.
Barbara Kiser’s pick of the top five science books to read this week includes America’s first rocket man, the rise of cryptocurrencies, and artificial intelligence reconsidered.
IMAGE OF THE WEEK
Residents in the drought-struck city of Chennai in India draw water from a community well. A delayed monsoon in June saw the country’s sixth-largest city struggle through a water crisis, with reservoirs drying up and residents queuing for hours to get water from government tankers.
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