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cell biology

Cellular Life, Death and Everything in Between

The discovery that apparently dead cells can sometimes resurrect themselves has researchers exploring how far they can push the point of no return.

Abstractions blog

The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement

A recent test has confirmed the predictions of quantum trajectory theory.

geometry

Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order

Mathematicians have proved that a random process applied to a random surface will yield consistent patterns.

artificial intelligence

Where We See Shapes, AI Sees Textures

To researchers’ surprise, deep learning vision algorithms often fail at classifying images because they mostly take cues from textures, not shapes.

Q&A

How to Understand the Universe When You’re Stuck Inside of It

Lee Smolin’s radical idea to reimagine how we view the universe.

symmetry

The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries

Lurking behind Einstein’s theory of gravity and our modern understanding of particle physics is the deceptively simple idea of symmetry. But physicists are beginning to question whether focusing on symmetry is still as productive as it once was.

Abstractions blog

Philosophers Debate New ‘Sonic Black Hole’ Discovery

Opinions differ about what recent measurements of a sound-trapping fluid reveal about light-trapping black holes.

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taxonomy

What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists

Researchers struggle to incorporate ongoing evolutionary discoveries into an animal classification scheme older than Darwin.

insights puzzle

When Magic Is Seen in Twisted Graphene, That’s a Moiré

What do moiré patterns seen in optics, art, photography and color printing have to do with superconducting layers of graphene?