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Cosmic Inflation Theory Faces Challenges

The latest astrophysical measurements, combined with theoretical problems, cast doubt on the long-cherished inflationary theory of the early cosmos and suggest we need new ideas

January 20, 2017 — Anna Ijjas, Paul J. Steinhardt and Abraham Loeb

The Exercise Paradox

Studies of how the human engine burns calories help to explain why physical activity does little to control weight—and how our species acquired some of its most distinctive traits

January 17, 2017 — Herman Pontzer

Does Poverty Shape the Brain?

Growing up in a poor family can leave a mark on the developing brain. Understanding how and why has important implications for educators and society

January 1, 2017 — John D. E. Gabrieli and Silvia A. Bunge

Could Gene Therapy Cure Heart Disease?

Harnessing the organ's own healing properties may help prevent heart attacks and lessen the painful effects of severely narrowed coronary arteries

January 1, 2017 — Gabor Rubanyi

Tangled Up in Spacetime

The collaborative project “It from Qubit” is investigating whether space and time sprang from the quantum entanglement of tiny bits of information

December 26, 2016 — Clara Moskowitz

A Vaccine for Cancer?

Targeting cancer cells using their own DNA could help eliminate tumors and prevent recurrences

December 23, 2016 — Beatriz M. Carreno and Elaine R. Mardis

Nurturing Genius

A decades-long study of exceptionally gifted children reveals what it takes to hone the world's sharpest minds

January 1, 2017 — Tom Clynes

Building a Brain in the Lab

Scientists copy nature's most complex organ in the hope of solving the mysteries of brain disorders, from autism to Alzheimer's

January 1, 2017 — Juergen A. Knoblich

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