# Archive

## Latest Articles

### Elliptic Curves Yield Their Secrets in a New Number System

Ana Caraiani and James Newton have extended an important result in number theory to the imaginary realm.

### Microbes Gained Photosynthesis Superpowers From a ‘Proton Pump’

New research reveals how marine microbes use an extra membrane that once had digestive functions to boost their yield from photosynthesis.

### A New Map of the Universe, Painted With Cosmic Neutrinos

Physicists finally know where at least some of these high-energy particles come from, which helps make the neutrinos useful for exploring fundamental physics.

### An Enormous Gravity ‘Hum’ Moves Through the Universe

Astronomers have found a background din of exceptionally long-wavelength gravitational waves pervading the cosmos.

### What Can Jellyfish Teach Us About Fluid Dynamics?

Jellyfish and other aquatic creatures embody solutions to diverse problems in engineering, medicine and mathematics. John Dabiri, a fluid dynamics expert, talks with Steven Strogatz about what jellyfish can teach us about going with the flow.

### How Math Achieved Transcendence

Transcendental numbers include famous examples like e and π, but it took mathematicians centuries to understand them.

### The Key to Species Diversity May Be in Their Similarities

New modeling work suggests why nature is more diverse than niche-based ecological theory predicts.

### Computer Scientists Inch Closer to Major Algorithmic Goal

A new paper finds a faster method for determining when two mathematical groups are the same.

### Mathematicians Discover Novel Way to Predict Structure in Graphs

Mathematicians probe the limits of randomness in new work estimating quantities called Ramsey numbers.