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.
A new proof from the Australian science fiction writer Greg Egan and a 2011 proof anonymously posted online are now being hailed as significant advances on a puzzle mathematicians have been studying for at least 25 years.
Hot spots have been discovered orbiting just outside the supermassive black hole at the galaxy's center. Their motions have given us the closest look at that violent environment.
Odd enough to potentially model the strangeness of the physical world, complex numbers with "imaginary" components are rooted in the familiar.
The idea that the universe splits into multiple realities with every measurement has become an increasingly popular proposed solution to the mysteries of quantum mechanics. But is this "many-worlds interpretation" incoherent?
Two dynamic, seemingly opposing forces likely played an important role in the evolution of reproduction and child rearing in social animals like bees and humans.
Oil droplets guided by "pilot waves" have failed to reproduce the results of the quantum double-slit experiment, crushing a century-old dream that there exists a single, concrete reality.
Like a hit-and-run driver who races from the scene of a crash, the interstellar guest known as 'Oumuamua has bolted out of the solar system, leaving confusion in its wake: it behaves neither like an asteroid or a comet.
A visual prank exposes an Achilles' heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they can't do a double take.
Astronomers have known where the universe’s missing matter has been hiding for the past 20 years. So why did it take so long to find it?
Computer vision researchers have uncovered a world of visual signals hiding in our midst, including subtle motions that betray what's being said and faint images of what's around a corner.
Computer simulations and custom-built quantum analogues are changing what it means to search for the laws of nature.
Studying the structure of existing friendships in your community can help you forge the best connections when forming a new circle of friends.
The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits in to an existing data set. A few researchers set out to prove that there was no universal way to solve it. Instead, they found such a way.
Black holes occasionally reveal themselves when passing stars get ripped apart by their gravity. These tidal disruption events have created a new way for astronomers to map the hidden cosmos.
New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called "octonions."