Astronomers are puzzling over a paucity of planets in the galaxy measuring between 1.5 and two times Earth's size.
A new experiment confirms the existence of "superionic ice," a bizarre form of water that might comprise the bulk of giant icy planets throughout the universe.
Your expectations shape and quicken your perceptions. A new model that explains the effect suggests it's time to update theories about sensory processing.
The sun radiates far more high-frequency light than expected, raising questions about unknown features of the sun's magnetic field and the possibility of even more exotic physics.
Researchers are beginning to understand the ways in which viruses strategically manipulate and cooperate with one another.
One of the first quantum simulators has produced a puzzling phenomenon: a row of atoms that repeatedly pops back into place. Physicists have been racing to explain what might be going on.
Mitochondria are most famous as sources of metabolic energy. But by splitting and combining, they can also release chemical signals to regulate cell activities, including the generation of neurons.
The latest AI algorithms are probing the evolution of galaxies, calculating quantum wave functions, discovering new chemical compounds and more. Is there anything that scientists do that can't be automated?
A state-of-the-art supercomputer simulation indicates that a feedback loop between global warming and cloud loss can push Earth’s climate past a disastrous tipping point in as little as a century.
Physicists have devised a holographic model of "de Sitter space," the term for a universe like ours, that could give us new clues about the origin of space and time.
A science fiction novelist and an internet commenter made breakthroughs on a longstanding problem about the number of ways you can arrange a set of items. What did they discover?
A new study suggests that subatomic particles called muons streamed through the atmosphere and fatally irradiated megafauna like the monster shark megalodon.
Neural networks are famously inscrutable — a computer can come up with a good answer, but not be able to explain what led to the conclusion. Been Kim is developing a "translator for humans" so that we can understand when artificial intelligence breaks down.
Dark matter may occasionally interact with minerals in the earth, leaving telltale tracks that physicists hope to decipher.
In a Paris lab, researchers have shown for the first time that quantum methods of transmitting information are superior to classical ones.
Neither animal, plant, fungus nor familiar protozoan, a strange microbe that sits in its own "supra-kingdom" of life foretells incredible biodiversity yet to be discovered by new sequencing technologies.
The renowned physicist Leonard Susskind has identified a possible quantum origin for the ever-growing volume of black holes.
A thought experiment has shaken up the world of quantum foundations, forcing physicists to clarify how various quantum interpretations (such as many-worlds and the Copenhagen interpretation) abandon seemingly sensible assumptions about reality.
Experiments suggest that exotic superconducting materials share a "strange metal" state characterized by a quantum speed limit that somehow acts as a fundamental organizing principle.
For 50 years, evolutionary theory has emphasized the importance of neutral mutations over adaptive ones in DNA. Real genomic data challenge that assumption.