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Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Afghan team among medal winners at global robotics event

Technology
An international robotics competition in Washington attracted teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations. The team that drew the most attention at the FIRST Global Challenge, which ended Tuesday, was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened. But there were even more stories than there were teams. Here are a few: ——— RESULTS: Teams left with gold, silver and bronze medals in a variety of categories. The Europe team won a gold award for getting the most cumulative points over the course of the competition. Poland got silver and Armenia bronze. Finland won a gold award for winning the best win-loss record. Silver went to Singapore and bronze to India. There were also awards for engineering design, innovation and inte
Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Science
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US.The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones.Nicknamed the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics", the Fields Medal is only awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.It was given to Prof Mirzakhani in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Prof Mirzakhani's death caused "great sorrow," state media reported.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said her death was a cause for grief for all Iranians."A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart... gone far too soon," US-Iranian scientist Firouz Naderi posted on Instagram.He added in a su...