If you thought IBM's chess-playing computer, Deep Blue, was impressive, this is going to blow you away. Two-player limit Texas hold'em poker has been solved. Pitted one-on-one against the world's best poker players, a new computer program named Cepheus would never lose. You can even challenge it to a game, yourself.
String theorists and particle physicists possess skills that also come in handy when playing poker, as it's a game rife with probabilities and grueling mental calculations. Here, Jennifer Oulette of Cocktail Party Physics talks physicists who are also card sharks.
Last year Christie's auction house dropped jaws when it tractor-beamed in more than $7 million in bits for a massive Star Trek auction featuring props, costumes, and a little box to keep your dignity in. Now Brent "Data" Spiner himself has apparently confirmed that some of the items were not authentic. Ted Moustakis…