Spiders appear to offload information processing tasks to their webs, leading some to suggest that a mind can be located outside of the head.
A series of observations at the very edge of the universe has reignited a debate over what lifted the primordial cosmic fog.
Until recently, the details of how exactly heat killed overheated cells were unknown.
As physicists extend the 19th-century laws of thermodynamics to the quantum realm, they’re rewriting the relationships among energy, entropy and information.
When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.
A new class of quantum particle is about to emerge from the tangled considerations of quantum statistics.
A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.
Scientists are uncovering how our bodies — and everything within them — tell right from left.
Life was long thought to obey its own set of rules. But as simple systems show signs of lifelike behavior, scientists are arguing about whether this apparent complexity is all a consequence of thermodynamics.
Proteins work like rigid keys to activate cellular functions — or so everyone thought. Scientists are discovering a huge number of proteins that shape-shift to do their work, upending a century-old maxim of biology.
Researchers have discovered that simple “chemically active” droplets grow to the size of cells and spontaneously divide, suggesting they might have evolved into the first living cells.
Is the brain a blank slate, or is it wired from birth to understand the world? An ambitious new study put infants into an MRI machine to reveal a neural organization similar to that of adults.
Physicists have failed to find disintegrating protons, throwing into limbo the beloved theory that the forces of nature were unified at the beginning of time.
A virus that causes crippling birth defects has been shown to do something else: It changes thousands of messages coming from DNA that control normal cellular activities.
A proposed theory of gravity does away with dark matter, even as new astrophysical findings challenge the need for galaxies full of the invisible mystery particles.
Recent discoveries have led some researchers to argue that the modern evolutionary synthesis needs to be amended.
An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.
Can a fluid analogue of a black hole point physicists toward the theory of quantum gravity, or is it a red herring?
In a monumental set of experiments, spread out over nearly two decades, biologists removed genes two at a time to uncover the secret workings of the cell.
Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people.