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Biology

How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time

September 15, 2015

Cellular clocks are almost everywhere. Clues to how they work are coming from the places they’re not.

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Quantized Columns

Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity

September 10, 2015

Einstein refused to believe in the inherent unpredictability of the world. Is the subatomic world insane, or just subtle?

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Computer Science

A New Design for Cryptography’s Black Box

September 2, 2015

A recent cryptographic breakthrough has proven difficult to put into practice. But new advances show how near-perfect computer security might be surprisingly close at hand.

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profile

A Life in Games

August 28, 2015

The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.

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Biology

How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease

August 25, 2015

A new understanding of viral swarms is helping researchers predict how viruses will evolve and where disease is likely to spread.

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Biology

A Surprise Source of Life’s Code

August 18, 2015

Emerging data suggests the seemingly impossible — that mysterious new genes arise from “junk” DNA.

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geophysics

How Life and Luck Changed Earth’s Minerals

August 11, 2015

Did the minerals on our planet arise in a predictable fashion, or did they result from chance events? The answers could eventually help scientists identify planets likely to harbor life.

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Biology

At Tiny Scales, a Giant Burst on Tree of Life

July 28, 2015

A new technique for finding and characterizing microbes has boosted the number of known bacteria by almost 50 percent, revealing a hidden world all around us.

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complex systems

The New Laws of Explosive Networks

July 14, 2015

Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.