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

Biologists Home in on Turing Patterns

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

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

Treading Softly in a Connected World

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

Three “extremely large telescopes” poised to begin observations within a decade could help answer some of the universe’s oldest and best-kept secrets.
cosmology

Peering Into the Early Universe

Three “extremely large telescopes” poised to begin observations within a decade could help answer some of the universe’s oldest and best-kept secrets.

A new collection of arresting wallpaper designs seems to defy the crystallographic restriction.
symmetry

How to Make Impossible Wallpaper

A new collection of arresting wallpaper designs seems to defy the crystallographic restriction.

As the role of computers in pure mathematics grows, researchers debate their reliability.
algorithms

In Computers We Trust?

As the role of computers in pure mathematics grows, researchers debate their reliability.

All complex correlated systems, from Arctic melt ponds to the Internet, appear to be governed by the same math as a random matrix.
universality

In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge

All complex correlated systems, from Arctic melt ponds to the Internet, appear to be governed by the same math as a random matrix.

An infinitesimal advance in the traveling salesman problem breathes new life into the search for improved approximate solutions.
traveling salesman problem

Computer Scientists Take Road Less Traveled

An infinitesimal advance in the traveling salesman problem breathes new life into the search for improved approximate solutions.

Game theorists have developed a new model of communication among animals. It suggests evolution will produce a situation in which members of a species are honest most of the time, but not always.
Game Theory

Hunger Game: Is Honesty Between Animals Always the Best Policy?

Game theorists have developed a new model of communication among animals. It suggests evolution will produce a situation in which members of a species are honest most of the time, but not always.

If a new hypothesis about black hole firewalls proves correct, at least one of three cherished notions in theoretical physics must be wrong.
Physics

Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire

If a new hypothesis about black hole firewalls proves correct, at least one of three cherished notions in theoretical physics must be wrong.