A disarmingly simple model of ecology does everything well — except predict how rapidly nature can change. Can it become more realistic while still avoiding all of biology’s messy complexities?
In three new variations of a famous logic puzzle, what are the best strategies for guessing the color of the hat on your head?
At 86, Britain’s preeminent mathematical matchmaker is still tackling the big questions and dreaming of a union between the quantum and the gravitational forces.
A satellite spotted a burst of light just as gravitational waves rolled in from the collision of two black holes. Was the flash a cosmic coincidence, or do astrophysicists need to rethink what black holes can do?
The biologist Sean B. Carroll rediscovers the scientific thrill of an unexpected revelation.
Assigning elements from a large collection to one of two categories can yield almost “magical” predictions about highly complicated problems without actually solving them.
In a virtuoso experiment, physicists have revealed details of a “quantum critical point” that underlies high-temperature superconductivity.
The path from a revolutionary set of equations to the detection of gravitational waves was strewn with obstacles and controversy, explains the physicist Daniel Kennefick — and the struggle continues.
Perhaps chemistry played a more instrumental role in the origin of life than scientists thought.
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