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Stories by Philip Ball28 articles archived since 1845

Game Theorists Crack Poker

An "essentially unbeatable" algorithm for Texas hold 'em points to strategies for solving real-life problems without having complete information

January 8, 2015 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine

Rhythm Is Heard Best in the Bass

Better detection by the brain could explain why low-pitched notes carry the beat across musical cultures

July 5, 2014 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine
Quantum Meld Brings Photons Together

Quantum Meld Brings Photons Together

Merging the information of two photons, or units of light, could boost quantum-optical technologies

May 9, 2013 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine

DNA at 60: Still Much to Learn

On the diamond jubilee of the double helix, we should admit that we don't fully understand how evolution works at the molecular level

April 28, 2013 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine
Belgian Mathematician Wins Abel Prize for Shaping Algebraic Geometry

Belgian Mathematician Wins Abel Prize for Shaping Algebraic Geometry

Pierre Deligne netted the prize, one oft he most prestigious in mathematics and worth about $1 million, for proving a deep conjecture about algebraic geometry which has helped to transform number theory and related fields

March 20, 2013 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine

Genes Mix Faster Than Folk Tales

Researchers found that language differences between cultures create significant barriers to the diffusion of folk tales, and that these barriers are stronger than those for the exchange of genes

February 6, 2013 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine

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