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number theory

Together and Alone, Closing the Prime Gap

November 19, 2013

Working on the centuries-old twin primes conjecture, two solitary researchers and a massive collaboration have made enormous advances over the last six months.

genetics

Tracking the Evolution of Cancer, Cell by Cell

November 13, 2013

Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries.

An image of dendritic cells.
Biology

RNA’s Secret Life Outside the Cell

November 8, 2013

Circulating RNAs carry messages for plants and invertebrates. Do they do the same for us?

quantum gravity

Physicists Eye Quantum-Gravity Interface

October 31, 2013

Physicists have devised experiments that can probe the interface between quantum mechanics and general relativity.

neuroscience

In Brain’s ‘Rich Club,’ Meetings of the Mind

October 24, 2013

Neuroscientists have identified a network of highly linked brain regions that could prove essential in integrating information and facilitating higher-order cognitive tasks.

Physics

Search Escalates for Key to Why Matter Exists

October 15, 2013

Physicists have completed a new round of searches for the answer to why matter dominates over antimatter. But the radioactive decay that would solve the puzzle is evading them.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

October 9, 2013

The nature of computing has changed dramatically over the last decade, and more innovation is needed to weather the gathering data storm.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

Our Bodies, Our Data

October 7, 2013

New technologies have launched the life sciences into the age of big data. Biologists must now make sense of their windfall.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come

October 4, 2013

Scientific data sets are becoming more dynamic, requiring new mathematical techniques on par with the invention of calculus.