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A New Approach to Building the Tree of Life

June 4, 2013

More genetic data is available than ever before to help build evolutionary trees, but scientists are finding that different genes even in the same organism can tell conflicting stories.

theoretical physics

Is Nature Unnatural?

May 24, 2013

Decades of confounding experiments have physicists considering a startling possibility: The universe might not make sense.


Waiting for the Revolution

May 24, 2013

An interview with the Nobel Prize-winner David J. Gross on the confusing state of theoretical physics.

Yitang Zhang

Unheralded Mathematician Bridges the Prime Gap

May 19, 2013

A virtually unknown researcher has made a great advance in one of mathematics’ oldest problems, the twin primes conjecture.


Perpetual Motion Test Could Amend Theory of Time

April 25, 2013

A radical theory predicting the existence of “time crystals” — perpetual motion objects that break the symmetry of time — is being put to the test.

climate science

The Ocean’s Dynamic Role in Climate Change

April 11, 2013

New data collected by mathematicians and oceanographers in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean could dramatically improve climate models.


Solid or Liquid? Physicists Redefine States of Matter

April 3, 2013

Glass and other strange materials have long confounded textbook definitions of what it means to be solid. Now, two groups of physicists propose a new solution to the riddle.

developmental biology

Biologists Home in on Turing Patterns

March 25, 2013

New research has prompted a resurgence of interest in the patterning mechanisms Alan Turing proposed 60 years ago.


Treading Softly in a Connected World

March 18, 2013

In an increasingly interconnected world, scientists are seeking safeguards against catastrophic cascades of failure like stock market crashes and widespread blackouts.