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Science’s Path From Myth to Multiverse

March 17, 2015

In his latest book, the Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg explores how science made the modern world, and where it might take us from here.

number theory

Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

March 12, 2015

Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory.

astrophysics

Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean

March 10, 2015

Nature has revealed peculiar mathematical objects that connect order and chaos.

particle physics

In LHC’s Shadow, America’s Collider Awakens

March 6, 2015

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider fired up for its 15th run to take a deeper look at the building blocks of atoms.

Biology

Killer Virus Is Invading Koala DNA

March 4, 2015

An infection sweeping through Australia’s struggling koala population provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore how retroviruses insert themselves into the genome.

genomics

Genetic Geometry Takes Shape

February 25, 2015

Inside the cell’s nucleus, the double helix folds up in myriad loops and twists. The quest to unravel this structure is revealing the subtle genetic orchestration of all life on Earth.

theoretical physics

In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory

February 18, 2015

If string theorists can show that their framework is the only consistent theory of quantum gravity, does that make it true even without tangible evidence?

evolution

Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question

February 12, 2015

A new solution to the prisoner’s dilemma, a classic game theory scenario, has created new puzzles in evolutionary biology.

Biology

Breakthrough DNA Editor Born of Bacteria

February 6, 2015

Interest in a powerful DNA editing tool called CRISPR has revealed that bacteria are far more sophisticated than anyone imagined.