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### Some Math Problems Seem Impossible. That Can Be a Good Thing.

Struggling with math problems that can’t be solved helps us better understand the ones we can.

### The Epigenetic Secrets Behind Dopamine, Drug Addiction and Depression

New research links serotonin and dopamine not just to addiction and depression, but to the ability to control genes.

### The Simple Math Problem We Still Can’t Solve

Despite recent progress on the notorious Collatz conjecture, we still don’t know whether a number can escape its infinite loop.

### When Math Gets Impossibly Hard

Mathematicians have long grappled with the reality that some problems just don’t have solutions.

### Social Distancing From the Stars

Professional astronomers may not point their telescopes by hand anymore, but COVID-19 has still closed observatories and impeded research.

### Spotting Quantum Black Holes in the Lab

Can we test speculations about how quantum physics affects black holes and the Big Bang?

### The Math of Social Distancing Is a Lesson in Geometry

How to safely reopen offices, schools and other public spaces while keeping people six feet apart comes down to a question mathematicians have been studying for centuries.

### The Two Forms of Mathematical Beauty

Mathematicians typically appreciate either generic or exceptional beauty in their work, but one type is more useful in describing the universe.

### Spreading the Word on a Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment

Neuroscientists could use brain waves to spur immune cells into action against the disease — but the process is almost too fantastic to believe.