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Stories by Philip Ball

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

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

The Mathematics of the Pop-Up Tent

A single parameter shows the easiest way to pack up camp. The results might also apply to understanding the shapes of some relatively stiff molecular rings, such as plasmids and other ring-shaped polymers...

December 19, 2012 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine

Engineers Hunt for Ways to Cool Computing

Increasingly, heat looms as the single largest obstacle to computing's continued advancement. Solutions could include liquid coolants or circuits arrayed on 3-D grids like the brain

December 13, 2012 — Philip Ball and Nature magazine
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World