A physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire life-like physical properties
Mysterious episodes of genetic duplication in our great ape ancestors may have paved the way for human evolution
Improvements in how densely spheres and other shapes can be packed together could lead to advances in materials science, deep space communication and theoretical physics.
By investigating the central role played by knots in fluids and fields, physicists hope to run experiments that help them better understand turbulent flow in 3-D
To determine the nature of infinity, mathematicians face a choice between two new logical axioms. What they decide could help shape the future of mathematical truth
Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries
Experiments designed to probe this interface could revitalize a longstanding quest for a theory of quantum gravity
Physicists have completed a new round of searches for the answer to why matter dominates antimatter. But the radioactive decay that would solve the puzzle evades them
As physics prepares for ambitious projects like the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, the field is seeking new methods of data-driven discovery
Cassandra Extavour and her colleagues, who study the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation, still disagree on the meaning of key concepts such as cooperation, competition and fitness...