Peter Diamond for Quanta Magazine
Maintaining perfect stability through negative feedback is a basic element of electrical circuitry, but it’s been a mystery how cells could do it — until now.
A giant star’s death throes may offer the first evidence of a pair-instability supernova, and a glimpse of the first stars in the universe.
In the “underground economy” for soil nutrients, fungi strike hard bargains and punish plants that won’t meet their price.
Through exacting geometric calculations, Philip Gibbs has found the smallest known cover for any possible shape.
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