The bulk of biological research is centered on a handful of species. Are we missing a huge chunk of life’s secrets?

The physicist Asimina Arvanitaki is thinking up ways to search gravitational wave data for evidence of dark matter particles orbiting black holes.

Insights from the mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan give us a number of ways to explore the infinite.

## How Does Life Come From Randomness?

David Kaplan explains how the law of increasing entropy could drive random bits of matter into the stable, orderly structures of life.

## The Oracle of Arithmetic

At 28, Peter Scholze is uncovering deep connections between number theory and geometry.

## A Bird’s-Eye View of Nature’s Hidden Order

Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random.

## How to Grow a New Model Organism

To develop new model organisms, scientists will have to find species that are easy to grow in the lab.

## A Debate Over the Physics of Time

According to our best theories of physics, the universe is a fixed block where time only appears to pass.

## How Feynman Diagrams Almost Saved Space

Richard Feynman’s famous diagrams embody a deep shift in thinking about how the universe is put together.

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