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Gamma Ray Excess
astrophysics

Case for Dark Matter Signal Strengthens

March 3, 2014

A new analysis strengthens the case that gamma rays emanating from the center of the Milky Way come from dark matter particles known as WIMPs.

Submerged turbulent jet
Mathematics

A Fluid New Path in Grand Math Challenge

February 24, 2014

A daring speculation offers a potential way forward in one of the great unsolved problems of mathematics: the behavior of the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid flow.

Chili peppers.
Biology

Scientists Reveal Structure of Pain Sensor

February 20, 2014

Scientists have finally resolved the structure of the molecule that responds to chili peppers, high temperatures and spider toxins.

cosmology

Big Bang Secrets Swirling in a Fluid Universe

February 12, 2014

With a new approach that treats the universe as a fluid, cosmologists plan to tease out the fine details of the Big Bang from its behavior and evolution.

origins of life

Chemists Seek Possible Precursor to RNA

February 5, 2014

Scientists have discovered building blocks similar to those in modern RNA that can effortlessly assemble when mixed in water and heated.

Obfuscation
Computer Science

Perfecting the Art of Sensible Nonsense

January 30, 2014

In a watershed moment for cryptography, computer scientists have proposed a solution to a fundamental problem called “program obfuscation.”

Jeremy England
Physics

A New Physics Theory of Life

January 22, 2014

An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical properties.

evolution

Under Pressure, Does Evolution Evolve?

January 15, 2014

Some organisms respond to stress by driving up their mutation rate. Are they evolving specific mechanisms to enhance evolution in times of crisis?

genetics

A Missing Genetic Link in Human Evolution

January 2, 2014

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