How ‘spooky’ is quantum physics? The answer could be incalculable
Proof at the nexus of pure mathematics and algorithms puts ‘quantum weirdness’ on a whole new level.
Not so hot: US data suggest human bodies are cooling down
Normal body temperatures are a fraction of a degree colder than they were in the nineteenth century.
The quest to decipher how the body’s cells sense touch
From a painful pinch to a soft caress, scientists are zooming in on the pressure-sensitive proteins that allow cells to detect tension and pressure.
The huge scientific effort to study Notre-Dame’s ashes
Last year’s fire at Paris’s beloved cathedral shocked the world. Now, researchers are making use of the unprecedented opportunity to study its innards.
Quest to use CRISPR against disease gains ground
As the first clinical trial results trickle in, researchers look ahead to more sophisticated medical applications for genome editing.
Magnetic and topological order united in a crystal
A material that has electrically conducting surfaces has been found to show, when cooled, a type of magnetic ordering that reduces conduction at the surfaces. Such remarkable behaviour could have practical applications.
The scientific events that shaped the 2010s
The past decade has seen breakthroughs in frontiers from gene editing to gravitational waves. The coming one must focus on climate change.
What’s next for psychology’s embattled field of social priming
A promising field of research on social behaviour struggled after investigators couldn’t repeat key findings. Now researchers are trying to establish what’s worth saving.
The gene-based hack that is revolutionizing epidemiology
Mendelian randomization offers a simple way to distinguish causation from correlation. But are scientists overusing it?