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'Eureka machine' works out laws of nature | Science | guardian.co.uk

Scientists have created a "Eureka machine" that can work out the laws of nature by observing the world around it - a development that could dramatically speed up the discovery of new scientific truths.

The machine took only hours to come up with the basic laws of motion, a task that occupied Sir Isaac Newton for years after he was inspired by an apple falling from a tree.

Scientists at Cornell University in New York have already pointed the machine at baffling problems in biology and plan to use it to tackle questions in cosmology and social behaviour.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Apr 2nd, 2009 at 03:31:48 PM EST
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