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origins of life

Hints of Life’s Start Found in a Giant Virus

Newly discovered specimens support a more ancient origin for viruses, perhaps all the way back to the origins of life.

David Spergel
Q&A

A Bold Critic of the Big Bang’s ‘Smoking Gun’

The cosmologist David Spergel explains why a widely publicized gravitational-wave discovery could be wrong, and how the “overreaching” study could affect the public’s perception of science.

Q&A

Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

Chao-Lin Kuo, who helped design the experiment that claimed to have found evidence of gravitational waves from the Big Bang, isn’t bothered by criticism that cosmic dust may account for his results.

Boucing droplet
quantum mechanics

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.

evolution

The Game Theory of Life

An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.

Physics

In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos

When scientists traced a museum rock back to its origins, they uncovered mysteries about the early solar system.

Nasonia wasp wings.
evolution

Evolving With a Little Help From Our Friends

A new theory suggests that cooperation between a host and its microbes may be a significant evolutionary force.

Efimov trimers.
Physics

Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes

Three groups of experimentalists have independently observed a strange state of matter that forms from three particles of any type and at any scale, from practically infinitesimal to infinite.

Fluorescence
Biology

Inside the Din, Cells Fight Noise With Noise

Is the random noise inside a cell a nuisance, or have cells evolved ways to put it to work?