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Submission + - What happened with the supposed proof that PNP (sciencenews.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Remember, about a month ago, when a researcher claimed he had a proof that PNP? () Well, the proof hasn't held up. But Slashdot helped spur a massive, open, collaborative effort on the Internet to understand the paper and to see if its ideas could be extended. This article explains what happened, how the proof was supposed to work, and why it failed.
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What happened with the supposed proof that PNP

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