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The theoretical particle physicist Ann Nelson, who died on August 4 at age 61, was a font of brilliant ideas and a champion of ending discrimination in the field.

Mathematicians and neuroscientists have created the first anatomically accurate model that explains how vision is possible.

The ancient Greeks wondered when “irrational” numbers can be approximated by fractions. By proving the longstanding Duffin-Schaeffer conjecture, two mathematicians have provided a complete answer.

Polynomials aren’t just exercises in abstraction. They’re good at illuminating structure in surprising places.

New measurements could upend the standard theory of the cosmos that has reigned since the discovery of dark energy 21 years ago.

Carlo Rubbia, leader of the bold collider experiment that in 1983 discovered the W and Z bosons, thinks particle physicists should now smash muons together in an innovative “Higgs factory.”

To avoid passing on new mutations to offspring, plants may minimize the number of divisions by the stem cells that make flowers and seeds.

A new look at a ubiquitous phenomenon has uncovered unexpected fractal behavior that could give us clues about the early universe and the arrow of time.

Does objective, perfect randomness exist, or is randomness merely a product of our ignorance?

A visual prank exposes an Achilles’ heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they can’t do a double take.

In the late 1940s, Richard Feynman invented a visual tool for simplifying particle calculations that forever changed theoretical physics.

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