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The Devil in the Polling Data
The same problem that caused the 2007 financial crisis also tripped up the polling data ahead of this year’s presidential election.
Can Analogies Reveal the Laws of Physics?
So-called “analogue experiments” are becoming increasingly common in physics, but do they teach or mislead?
Why (Almost) Everyone Was Wrong
The results of this year’s presidential election made a mockery of analytical election forecast modelers.
Why Some Genetic Miscues Are Helpful
A new look at the reasons why organisms missing pairs of genes sometimes do much better than normal.
The Cell’s Backup Genetic Instructions
The cell is equipped with multiple redundancies in case something goes wrong. Researchers have begun to map these systems.
Science Evolves. Will Science Education?
Science is a constantly changing, self-correcting process. Why do we teach it as a collection of old, settled facts?
All Is Not Fair in Cake-Cutting and Math
When divvying something up, there’s more than one way to define what’s fair.
Nobel Prize Awarded for Quantum Topology
Three physicists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for rewriting our understanding of exotic quantum states on the surfaces of materials.
Off-the-Shelf Lens Assists Dark Matter Find
A camera lens often used by wildlife and sports photographers has helped astronomers learn about dark matter and galaxy formation.