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Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem

By STEVE NADIS

For millennia, mathematicians have wondered whether odd perfect numbers exist, establishing an extraordinary list of restrictions for the hypothetical objects in the process. Insight on this question could come from studying the next best things.

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EVOLUTION

 

How Two Became One: Origins of a Mysterious Symbiosis Found

By VIVIANE CALLIER

Carpenter ants need endosymbiotic bacteria to guide the early development of their embryos. New work has reconstructed how this deep partnership evolved.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG

 

A New Cosmic Tension: The Universe Might Be Too Thin

By CHARLIE WOOD

Cosmologists have concluded that the universe doesn’t appear to clump as much as it should. Could both of cosmology’s big puzzles share a single fix?

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How Jurassic Plankton Stole Control of the Ocean’s Chemistry

Podcast produced by SUSAN VALOT; Story by CHRISTIE WILCOX

Only 170 million years ago, new plankton evolved. Their demand for carbon and calcium permanently transformed the seas as homes for life.

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NUMBER THEORY(2016)

 

Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

By ERICA KLARREICH

After finding that prime numbers have preferences about the final digit of the primes immediately following them, mathematicians are asking what else we may have missed.

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EVOLUTION(2019)

 

Cell-Bacteria Mergers Offer Clues to How Organelles Evolved

By VIVIANE CALLIER

Cells in symbiotic partnership, nested one within the other and functioning like organelles, can borrow from a host’s genes to complete their own metabolic pathways.

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COSMOLOGY(2019)

 

Cosmologists Debate How Fast the Universe Is Expanding

By NATALIE WOLCHOVER

New measurements could upend the standard theory of the cosmos that has reigned since the discovery of dark energy 21 years ago.

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QUANTA SCIENCE PODCAST

 

To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

When we focus our concentration, the brain isn’t turning an “attentional spotlight” on a point of interest. Instead, it’s turning down the lights on less important things.

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