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Researchers have looked further into the early universe than ever before. The new discoveries should make clear just how much black holes contributed to the reionization of the universe, even as they’ve opened up questions as to how such supermassive black holes were able to form so early in the universe’s history.

Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin. To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry.

The new experiments suggest that simple models can explain the behavior of thousands of interacting organisms.

As physicists extend the 19th-century laws of thermodynamics to the quantum realm, they’re rewriting the relationships among energy, entropy and information.

Trash collectors in the cell moonlight at the controls of the genetic machinery.

When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.

Physicists are attempting to map the distribution of the prime numbers to the energy levels of a particular quantum system.

In order to fully understand the quantum world, we may have to develop a new realm of mathematics.

For decades, researchers believed that violent supernovas forged gold and other heavy elements. But many now argue for a different cosmic quarry.

Examine evolution over the course of years or centuries, and you’ll find that it progresses much more quickly than it does over geologic time. Now the oldest viruses on the planet are enabling scientists to calibrate this evolutionary clock.