Svante Pääbo has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studying our extinct ancestors’ DNA.
Using inserted genetic circuitry, synthetic biologists controlled the growth of plant roots for the first time.
A new atomic-scale experiment all but settles the origin of the strong form of superconductivity seen in cuprate crystals, confirming a 35-year-old theory.
Field research suggests a new explanation for the synchronized flashing in fireflies and confirms that a novel form of “chimeric” synchrony occurs naturally.
A simple geometric idea has been used to power advances in information theory, cryptography and even blockchain technology.
Computer scientists can now solve a decades-old problem in practically the time it takes to write it down.
Readers rescued a Star Trek crew from a probabilistic predicament armed only with the power of mathematical reasoning.
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