In the drive to safeguard data from future quantum computers, cryptographers have stumbled upon a thin red line between security and efficiency.
When there are two paths to your destination, why does it always seem like you’re on the road with more traffic?
A recent cryptographic breakthrough has proven difficult to put into practice. But new advances show how near-perfect computer security might be surprisingly close at hand.
The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.
A new understanding of viral swarms is helping researchers predict how viruses will evolve and where disease is likely to spread.
The physicist James Bullock explains how a complicated “dark sector” of interacting particles may illuminate some puzzling observations of the centers of galaxies.
Emerging data suggests the seemingly impossible — that mysterious new genes arise from “junk” DNA.
The solution to this month’s puzzle examines the use of abstract probabilities as an antidote to real-world ignorance.
Did the minerals on our planet arise in a predictable fashion, or did they result from chance events? The answers could eventually help scientists identify planets likely to harbor life.
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