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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.

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Biology

New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

July 10, 2015

Scientists hope that new genetic letters, created in the lab, will endow DNA with new powers.