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Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record tl;dr: "An algorithm devised a decade ago beats Christofides’ 50% factor," though the researchers "were only able to subtract 0.2 billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a percent."

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Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem tl;dr: "It took Lisa Piccirillo less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway."

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