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In-depth news about mathematics, physics, biology and computer science.

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  • A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate

    A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate

    07/05/2018 Duración: 17min

    New modeling studies suggest that birds migrate to strike a favorable balance between their input and output of energy.

  • Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

    Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

    18/04/2018 Duración: 20min

    In new computer experiments, artificial-intelligence algorithms can tell the future of chaotic systems.

  • Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician

    Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician

    17/04/2018 Duración: 08min

    By making the first progress on the “chromatic number of the plane” problem in over 60 years, an anti-aging pundit has achieved mathematical immortality.

  • Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth

    Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth

    13/03/2018 Duración: 20min

    Researchers are building a case that long before the nervous system works, the brain sends crucial bioelectric signals to guide the growth of embryonic tissues.

  • To Test Einstein’s Equations, Poke a Black Hole

    To Test Einstein’s Equations, Poke a Black Hole

    08/03/2018 Duración: 16min

    Two teams of researchers have made significant progress toward proving the black hole stability conjecture, a critical mathematical test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

  • Oxygen and Stem Cells May Have Reshaped Early Complex Animals

    Oxygen and Stem Cells May Have Reshaped Early Complex Animals

    07/03/2018 Duración: 16min

    An unlikely team offers a controversial hypothesis about what enabled animal life to get more complex during the Cambrian explosion.

  • Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity

    Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity

    06/03/2018 Duración: 20min

    A recently proposed experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.

  • Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues

    Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues

    01/03/2018 Duración: 11min

    The long, variable times that some diseases incubate after infection defies simple explanation. An idealized model of tumor growth offers a statistical solution.

  • Why Self-Taught Artificial Intelligence Has Trouble With the Real World

    Why Self-Taught Artificial Intelligence Has Trouble With the Real World

    21/02/2018 Duración: 20min

    The latest artificial intelligence systems start from zero knowledge of a game and grow to world-beating in a matter of hours. But researchers are struggling to apply these systems beyond the arcade.

  • Scant Evidence of Power Laws Found in Real-World Networks

    Scant Evidence of Power Laws Found in Real-World Networks

    15/02/2018 Duración: 21min

    A new study challenges one of the most celebrated and controversial ideas in network science.

  • Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

    Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate

    14/02/2018 Duración: 16min

    New algorithms show how swarms of very simple robots can be made to work together as a group.

  • How the Universe Got Its Bounce Back

    How the Universe Got Its Bounce Back

    31/01/2018 Duración: 22min

    Cosmologists have shown that it’s theoretically possible for a contracting universe to bounce and expand. The new work resuscitates an old idea that directly challenges the Big Bang theory of cosmic origins.

  • A Domesticated Dingo? No, but Some Are Getting Less Wild

    A Domesticated Dingo? No, but Some Are Getting Less Wild

    23/01/2018 Duración: 17min

    Near an Australian desert mining camp, wild dingoes are losing their fear of humans. Their genetic and behavioral changes may echo those from the domestication of dogs.

  • Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

    Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

    22/01/2018 Duración: 19min

    A series of fossil finds suggests that life on Earth started earlier than anyone thought, calling into question a widely held theory of the solar system’s beginnings.

  • Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations

    Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations

    21/12/2017 Duración: 16min

    Two mathematicians prove that under certain extreme conditions, the Navier-Stokes equations output nonsense.

  • Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory

    Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory

    14/12/2017 Duración: 15min

    Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa’s lab is overturning old assumptions about how memories form, how recall works and whether lost memories might be restored from "silent engrams."

  • Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

    Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

    01/12/2017 Duración: 19min

    An eminent mathematician reveals that his advances in the study of millennia-old mathematical questions owe to concepts derived from physics.

  • How Bacteria Help Regulate Blood Pressure

    How Bacteria Help Regulate Blood Pressure

    30/11/2017 Duración: 08min

    Kidneys sniff out signals from gut bacteria for cues to lower blood pressure after meals. Our understanding of how the symbiotic microbes affect health is becoming much more molecular.

  • Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law

    Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law

    15/11/2017 Duración: 15min

    The oldest law of genetics says that gametes combine randomly, but experiments hint that sometimes eggs select sperm actively for their genetic assets.

  • A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

    A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer

    07/11/2017 Duración: 10min

    Elephants did not evolve to become huge animals until after they turned a bit of genetic junk into a unique defense against inevitable tumors.

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