The biologist Deborah Gordon has uncovered how ant colonies search efficiently without central organization, an insight that might improve computer networks.
By replacing black holes with fuzzballs — dense, star-like objects from string theory — researchers think they can avoid some knotty paradoxes at the edge of physics.
By swapping ancient genes into modern E. coli, scientists hope to tease out the rules of evolution.
The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world.
Solve this variation of Thomas Kirkman’s famous 1850 puzzle by arranging girls in walking groups. And think fast — the clock is ticking.
A 150-year-old conundrum about how to group people has been solved, but many puzzles remain.
Quantum theorist Christopher Fuchs explains how to solve the paradoxes of quantum mechanics. His price: physics gets personal.
Modern birds emerged in a snap of evolutionary time through a series of simple genetic changes.
Three physicists have proposed a new solution to one of the deepest mysteries in particle physics: why the Higgs boson has such a tiny mass.
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