All Articles

Q&A

Quantum Computing Without Qubits

January 22, 2015

A quantum computing pioneer explains why the near future of quantum computation may lie in simulators, not general-purpose quantum machines.

Mathematics

A Proof That Some Spaces Can’t Be Cut

January 13, 2015

Mathematicians have solved the century-old triangulation conjecture, a major problem in topology that asks whether all spaces can be subdivided into smaller units.

geometry

Scientists Conjure Curves From Flatness

January 6, 2015

Researchers have found a set of rules for imbuing flat surfaces with curvature, enabling them to form a virtually unlimited range of three-dimensional structures.

genetics

Machine Intelligence Cracks Genetic Controls

December 18, 2014

Scientists have begun to decipher the most difficult-to-read parts of the genome — the parts that don’t code for proteins. The new work reveals how errors in these genetic instructions can lead to disease.

Mathematics

Prime Gap Grows After Decades-Long Lull

December 10, 2014

A year after tackling how close together prime number pairs can stay, mathematicians have now made the first major advance in 76 years in understanding how far apart primes can be.

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.