What happens when you stack logs in a fireplace and drop a match? Some of the smartest machines have no idea.
Microbes in our gut are key to staying healthy, but scientists are coming to realize that isn’t the case for all animals.
The Swiss physicist Nicolas Gisin is using an old form of math to rethink the very basics of what we know about time.
Your bedroom mirror does the trick in the morning, but for scientists studying gravitational waves, even the tiniest of imperfections can make a huge difference.
Scientists have struggled to develop new antibiotics. Enter: the machines.
How scientists plan to set up two black holes and a wormhole on an ordinary tabletop
A surprising star collision is making scientists rethink what they know about the universe.
AI excels at following human commands. That may be a problem.
Some seismologists think two massive anomalies under Africa and the Pacific are made of ancient, smoldering rock.
Describing neutrino oscillations is notoriously tricky. The search for a shortcut led to unexpected places.
Google says it has reached a major computational milestone. IBM says not so fast.
Filtering out distractions might be more important for the brain than highlighting important information.
The object might be as massive as 100 suns—if it even exists.
The universe is expanding, but no one can agree on exactly how fast.
New research suggests parasites and viruses may organize their life cycles around a host’s circadian rhythms, and even disrupt them to gain an edge.
Cells that control an animal’s spatial awareness can reorient themselves to favor locations that are full of food.
Intelligent planet-hoppers could populate a galaxy in as little as 650,000 years.
The world is full of unexpected relationships.
The same neural system could map both the physical and conceptual worlds.
An intelligent fish has stirred up a debate about how to measure self-awareness among animals—and what self-awareness even is in the first place.