## Latest Articles

### Neuron Bursts Can Mimic Famous AI Learning Strategy

A new model of learning centers on bursts of neural activity that act as teaching signals — approximating backpropagation, the algorithm behind learning in AI.

### How Computationally Complex Is a Single Neuron?

Computational neuroscientists taught an artificial neural network to imitate a biological neuron. The result offers a new way to think about the complexity of single brain cells.

### Galois Groups and the Symmetries of Polynomials

By focusing on relationships between solutions to polynomial equations, rather than the exact solutions themselves, Évariste Galois changed the course of modern mathematics.

### Plasmid, Virus or Other? DNA ‘Borgs’ Blur Boundaries.

Scientists have reported large DNA structures in some archaea that defy easy categorization.

### Mathematicians Prove Symmetry of Phase Transitions

A group of mathematicians has shown that at critical moments, a symmetry called rotational invariance is a universal property across many physical systems.

### The Computer Scientist Who Shrinks Big Data

Jelani Nelson designs clever algorithms that only have to remember slivers of massive data sets. He also teaches kids in Ethiopia how to code.