All Articles

genetics

A Missing Genetic Link in Human Evolution

Mysterious episodes of genetic duplication in our great ape ancestors may have paved the way for human evolution.

Photograph of Saturn and its moons.
Mathematics

A New Tool to Help Mathematicians Pack

Improvements in how densely spheres and other shapes can be packed together could lead to advances in materials science, deep space communication and theoretical physics.

Maple leaves.
botany

The Secret Language of Plants

Striking evidence that plants warn each other of environmental dangers is reviving a once ridiculed field.

Trefoil vortex knot.
fluid dynamics

Could Knots Unravel Mysteries of Fluid Flow?

By investigating the central role played by knots in fluids and fields, physicists hope to unravel long-standing mysteries of turbulence.

neuroscience

Inside a Brain Circuit, the Will to Press On

A rare brain stimulation study suggests that a brain circuit known as the “salience network” contributes to differences in our ability to overcome challenges and cope with stress.

Image of spiral staircase.
Mathematics

To Settle Infinity Dispute, a New Law of Logic

To determine the nature of infinity, mathematicians face a choice between two new logical axioms. What they decide could help shape the future of mathematical truth.

number theory

Together and Alone, Closing the Prime Gap

Working on the centuries-old twin primes conjecture, two solitary researchers and a massive collaboration have made enormous advances over the last six months.

genetics

Tracking the Evolution of Cancer, Cell by Cell

Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries.

An image of dendritic cells.
Biology

RNA’s Secret Life Outside the Cell

Circulating RNAs carry messages for plants and invertebrates. Do they do the same for us?