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Researchers are one step closer to injecting probability into deterministic machines.

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The heartbeat and other bodily processes play a surprising role in shaping perception and cognition.

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Astronomers are discovering that magnetic fields permeate much of the cosmos. If these fields date back to the Big Bang, they could solve a major cosmological mystery.

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Herd immunity differs from place to place, and many factors influence how it’s calculated.

Cosmic rays may have given right-handed genetic helixes an evolutionary edge at the beginning of life’s history.

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While locked down due to COVID-19, Joshua Greene and Andrew Lobb figured out how to prove a version of the “rectangular peg problem.”

Mathematicians typically appreciate either generic or exceptional beauty in their work, but one type is more useful in describing the universe.

Researchers say there are three possible explanations for the anomalous data. One is mundane. Two would revolutionize physics.

We asked four physicists why gravity stands out among the forces of nature. We got four different answers.

To explain why men are on average taller than women, scientists theorized about competition for mates. But the effects of estrogen on bone growth may be answer enough.