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Collective Effort Makes the Good Times Roll

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Science  05 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5578, pp. 33
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5578.33

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Summary

Two wrongs don't make a right, but two dozen of them might. A pair of physicists has found that groups of imprecise clocks can collaborate to tell time with remarkable accuracy. Their findings might one day help computers tackle tough problems as a team.