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New work raises the estimated diversity of viruses in the seas more than twelvefold and lays the groundwork for a better understanding of their impact on global nutrient cycles.
The rainbow of pigments that animals use for blood illustrates a central truth of evolution.
In harsh ecosystems around the world, microbiologists are finding evidence that “microbial seed banks” protect biodiversity from changing conditions.
By chopping up large numbers into smaller ones, researchers have rewritten a fundamental mathematical speed limit.
The astrophysicist Janna Levin reflects on the newly unveiled, first-ever photograph of a black hole.
Puzzle solvers used “imaginary” numbers to solve a real world problem: finding long-lost treasure.
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