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The Scientist Who Developed a New Way to Understand Communication

A Solver of the Hardest Easy Problems About Prime Numbers

For His Sporting Approach to Math, a Fields Medal

He Dropped Out to Become a Poet. Now He’s Won a Fields Medal.

In Times of Scarcity, War and Peace, a Ukrainian Finds the Magic in Math

Life Helps Make Almost Half of All Minerals on Earth

The Sordid Past of the Cubic Formula

Can Computers Be Mathematicians?

Controversy Continues Over Whether Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold

Protein Blobs Linked to Alzheimer’s Affect Aging in All Cells

How to Weigh Truth With a Balance Scale

By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways

Mathematical Connect-the-Dots Reveals How Structure Emerges

The Spooky Quantum Phenomenon You’ve Never Heard Of

An Immunologist Fights Covid with Tweets and a Nasal Spray

Surfaces So Different Even a Fourth Dimension Can’t Make Them the Same

What Is Life?

Wheel Made of ‘Odd Matter’ Spontaneously Rolls Uphill

The Brain Has a ‘Low-Power Mode’ That Blunts Our Senses

The Computer Scientist Who Parlays Failures Into Breakthroughs

Astronomers Reimagine the Making of the Planets

Researchers Achieve ‘Absurdly Fast’ Algorithm for Network Flow

Reshuffled Rivers Bolster the Amazon’s Hyper-Biodiversity

Graduate Student’s Side Project Proves Prime Number Conjecture

Brain-Signal Proteins Evolved Before Animals Did

Surfaces Beyond Imagination Are Discovered After Decades-Long Search

What Is the Langlands Program?

How Could Life Evolve From Cyanide?

How to Make the Universe Think for Us

The Secret Math Behind Mind-Reading Magic Tricks

Physicists Rewrite the Fundamental Law That Leads to Disorder

Why Claude Shannon Would Have Been Great at Wordle

Life’s First Peptides May Have Grown on RNA Strands

How Computer Scientists Learned to Reinvent the Proof

Simple Gene Circuits Hint at How Stem Cells Find New Identities

Will the James Webb Space Telescope Reveal Another Earth?

How Complex Is a Knot? New Proof Reveals Ranking System That Works.

How to Write Software With Mathematical Perfection

Puzzling Quantum Scenario Appears Not to Conserve Energy

Black Hole Image Reveals the Beast Inside the Milky Way’s Heart

Computer Scientists Prove That Certain Problems Are Truly Hard

Powerful ‘Machine Scientists’ Distill the Laws of Physics From Raw Data

Why ‘De-Extinction’ Is Impossible (But Could Work Anyway)

In Test Tubes, RNA Molecules Evolve Into a Tiny Ecosystem

Think of a Number. How Do Math Magicians Know What It Is?

Where Do Space, Time and Gravity Come From?

Physicists Pin Down How Quantum Uncertainty Sharpens Measurements

Mathematicians Coax Fluid Equations Into Nonphysical Solutions

Secrets of the Moon’s Permanent Shadows Are Coming to Light

What Happens When We Give Animals Our Diseases?