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A living bridge.
Biology

The Remarkable Self-Organization of Ants

Knowing the rules behind ant-made structures could help scientists understand how other complex systems emerge in nature.

neuroscience

A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind

Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance.

Q&A

A ‘Rebel’ Without a Ph.D.

A conversation with the mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson on quantum electrodynamics, climate change and his latest pet project.

Bicep2 B-modes
cosmology

Possible Echo of Big Bang Detected

Scientists report the possible discovery of primordial gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that carry a record of how the universe began.

Gravitons
theoretical physics

Betting on the Future of Quantum Gravity

New calculations suggest physicists may someday discover a fundamental theory of gravity, but it could require a radical new perspective on the universe.

evolution

Does Competition Drive Diversity of Species?

A large new study of ovenbird lineages questions the extent to which competing species push each other to evolve.

Gamma Ray Excess
astrophysics

Case for Dark Matter Signal Strengthens

A new analysis strengthens the case that gamma rays emanating from the center of the Milky Way come from dark matter particles known as WIMPs.

Submerged turbulent jet
Mathematics

A Fluid New Path in Grand Math Challenge

A daring speculation offers a potential way forward in one of the great unsolved problems of mathematics: the behavior of the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid flow.

Chili peppers.
Biology

Scientists Reveal Structure of Pain Sensor

Scientists have finally resolved the structure of the molecule that responds to chili peppers, high temperatures and spider toxins.