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2021’s Biggest Breakthroughs in Biology
A paradigm shift in how we think about the functions of the human brain. A long-awaited genetic sequence of Rafflesia arnoldii, the strangest flower in the world. A revelation in sleep science. These are some of the year’s biggest discoveries in neuroscience and other areas of biology.
How NASA’s Webb Telescope Will Transform Our Place in the Universe
The James Webb Space Telescope is like nothing ever launched into space. It could explore the universe’s very first stars, uncover evidence of extraterrestrial life — or literally hit a snag and become worthless.
Biology Meets Computer Science
Anne Carpenter, senior director of the Imaging Platform of the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, describes how her interest in developing new medicines led her to work at the interface of biology and computer science.
This Astronomer Is Determined to Find Another Earth
Laura Kreidberg discusses how she’ll use NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope to peer into the skies of rocky planets orbiting other stars and look for signs of habitability, or even life.
The Standard Model: The Most Successful Scientific Theory Ever
The Standard Model of particle physics is the most successful scientific theory of all time. In this explainer, Cambridge University physicist David Tong recreates the model, piece by piece, to provide some intuition for how the fundamental building blocks of our universe fit together.