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## Latest Articles

### How a DNA ‘Parasite’ May Have Fragmented Our Genes

A novel type of “jumping gene” may explain why the genomes of complex cells aren’t all equally stuffed with noncoding sequences.

### The Colorful Problem That Has Long Frustrated Mathematicians

The four-color problem is simple to explain, but its complex proof continues to be both celebrated and despised.

### Astronomers Dig Up the Stars That Birthed the Milky Way

There once was a cosmic seed that sprouted the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers have discovered its last surviving remnants.

### Emmy Murphy Is a Mathematician Who Finds Beauty in Flexibility

The prize-winning geometer feels most fulfilled when exploring the fertile ground where constraint meets creation.

### The Symmetry That Makes Solving Math Equations Easy

Learn why the quadratic formula works and why quadratics are easier to solve than cubics.

### Wormhole Experiment Called Into Question

Last fall, a team of physicists announced that they had teleported a qubit through a holographic wormhole in a quantum computer. Now another group suggests that’s not quite what happened.

### Bob Metcalfe, Ethernet Pioneer, Wins Turing Award

The American researcher was recognized for his central role in inventing, standardizing and commercializing the ubiquitous networking technology.

### Surprise Computer Science Proof Stuns Mathematicians

For decades, mathematicians have been inching forward on a problem about which sets contain evenly spaced patterns of three numbers. Last month, two computer scientists blew past all of those results.

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