# Archive

## Latest Articles

### Epigenetic ‘Clocks’ Predict Animals’ True Biological Age

A statistical analysis of chemical tags on DNA may help unify disparate theories of aging.

### Physics Duo Finds Magic in Two Dimensions

In exploring a family of two-dimensional crystals, a husband-and-wife team is uncovering a potent variety of new electron behaviors.

### A Numerical Mystery From the 19th Century Finally Gets Solved

Two mathematicians have proven Patterson’s conjecture, which was designed to explain a strange pattern in sums involving prime numbers.

### Self-Taught AI Shows Similarities to How the Brain Works

Self-supervised learning allows a neural network to figure out for itself what matters. The process might be what makes our own brains so successful.

### What Is Quantum Field Theory and Why Is It Incomplete?

Quantum field theory may be the most successful scientific theory of all time, but there’s reason to think it’s missing something. Steven Strogatz speaks with theoretical physicist David Tong about this enigmatic theory.

### Mathematicians Crack a Simple but Stubborn Class of Equations

Ever since Archimedes, mathematicians have been fascinated by equations that involve a difference between squares. Now two mathematicians have proven how often these equations have solutions, concluding a decades-old quest.

### How the Physics of Nothing Underlies Everything

The key to understanding the origin and fate of the universe may be a more complete understanding of the vacuum.

### A Biochemist’s View of Life’s Origin Reframes Cancer and Aging

The biochemist Nick Lane thinks life first evolved in hydrothermal vents where precursors of metabolism appeared before genetic information. His ideas could lead us to think differently about aging and cancer.

### At Long Last, Mathematical Proof That Black Holes Are Stable

The solutions to Einstein’s equations that describe a spinning black hole won’t blow up, even when poked or prodded.