Tricks common to animals ranging from whales to insects could inspire designs for air and water vehicles
The base-2 system helped to simplify calculations centuries before Europeans discovered it
An arrangement of glass prisms routes light around an object but cannot hide itself
Merging the information of two photons, or units of light, could boost quantum-optical technologies
On the diamond jubilee of the double helix, we should admit that we don't fully understand how evolution works at the molecular level
Despite mistakes over the Boston bombers, social media can help to find people quickly
An analysis reveals that writers' expressions of sentiment on opposite sides of the pond have grown apart in recent decades
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...
A comparison of several mathematical laws regarding costs of technologies finds that industrial growth and productivity can be predicted in many sectors, including aeronautics
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...
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...
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
Whether reading Chinese characters or French words written alphabetically, the same areas light up in our brains, an insight that could inform learning strategies for literacy
If true, a solution to the "abc" conjecture about whole numbers would be "one of the most astounding achievements of mathematics of the 21st century"
Seven clever tactics animals use to create dazzling hues may lead to sophisticated new technologies
The key was to find the right container
Many of the most profound scientific questions—and some of humanity's most urgent problems—pertain to the science of atoms and molecules