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How Nerve Cells Communicate

The brain makes sense of our experiences by focusing closely on the timing of the impulses that flow through billions of nerve cells

By Terry Sejnowski and Tobi Delbruck

Ecosystems on the Brink

To keep jellyfish, fungi and other creatures from overtaking healthy habitats, scientists are exploring food webs and tipping points

By Carl Zimmer

The Last Days of the Hunt for the Higgs Boson

After a three-decade search, scientists appear to have found the elusive particle. Its peculiar properties suggest a new era in physics could be about to dawn

By Michael Riordan, Guido Tonelli and Sau Lan Wu

Hidden Treasures in Junk DNA

What was once known as junk DNA turns out to hold hidden treasures, says computational biologist Ewan Birney

By Stephen S. Hall

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