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Computer Science

A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos

December 4, 2014

New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.

Biology

New Twist Found in the Story of Life’s Start

November 26, 2014

All life on Earth is made of molecules that twist in the same direction. New research reveals that this may not always have been so.

evolution

Ancient Survivors Could Redefine Sex

November 19, 2014

Microscopic creatures called bdelloid rotifers have thrived without mating for millions of years. How they did it could reveal why sex is so essential for almost everyone else.

Reaching for the Multiverse
Infinity and Beyond: The Ultimate Test

Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky

November 10, 2014

Early in cosmic history, our universe may have bumped into another — a primordial clash that could have left traces in the Big Bang’s afterglow.

Infinity and Beyond: The Ultimate Test

In a Multiverse, What Are the Odds?

November 3, 2014

Testing the multiverse hypothesis requires measuring whether our universe is statistically typical among the infinite variety of universes. But infinity does a number on statistics.

astrophysics

Dwarf Galaxies Dim Hopes of Dark Matter

October 25, 2014

For five years physicists have been tantalized by possible evidence of dark matter in the Milky Way’s center. But new results from small satellite galaxies have complicated the story.

neuroscience

Mental Leaps Cued by Memory’s Ripples

October 22, 2014

The same mental processes that organize memories may also coordinate how we make decisions.

statistical physics

At the Far Ends of a New Universal Law

October 15, 2014

A potent theory has emerged explaining a mysterious statistical law that arises throughout physics and mathematics.

neuroscience

Brain’s Positioning System Linked to Memory

October 7, 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three researchers who discovered how the brain navigates the world. Their work may also help illuminate how the mind stores memories.