# Archive

## Latest Articles

### Standard Model of Cosmology Survives a Telescope’s Findings

Reports that the James Webb Space Telescope killed the reigning cosmological model turn out to have been exaggerated. But astronomers still have much to learn from distant galaxies glimpsed by Webb.

### Mathematicians Roll Dice and Get Rock-Paper-Scissors

Mathematicians have uncovered a surprising wealth of rock-paper-scissors-like patterns in randomly chosen dice.

### Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

### Mobile Genes From the Mother Shape the Baby’s Microbiome

Tiny genetic sequences in a mother’s bacteria seem to hop into the infant’s bacteria, perhaps ensuring a healthy microbiome later in life.

### Probability and Number Theory Collide — in a Moment

Mathematicians are taking ideas developed to study random numbers and applying them to a broad range of categories.

### Starfish Whisperer Develops a Physical Language of Life

Nikta Fakhri is adapting and extending concepts from physics to describe how tiny biological components give rise to living organisms.

### Ants Live 10 Times Longer by Altering Their Insulin Responses

Queen ants live far longer than genetically identical workers. Researchers are learning what their longevity secrets could mean for aging in other species.

### New Algorithm Closes Quantum Supremacy Window

Random circuit sampling, a popular technique for showing the power of quantum computers, doesn’t scale up if errors go unchecked.

### The Physics Principle That Inspired Modern AI Art

Diffusion models generate incredible images by learning to reverse the process that, among other things, causes ink to spread through water.