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NUMBER THEORY

 

How a Strange Grid Reveals Hidden Connections Between Simple Numbers

By  KEVIN HARTNETT

A long-standing puzzle seems to constrain how addition and multiplication relate to each other. A graduate student has gone further than anyone else in establishing the connection.

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NUMBER THEORY(2016)
 

Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

By  ERICA KLARREICH

A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a long-standing assumption about how they behave.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG(2017)
 

Cash for Math: The Erdős Prizes Live On

By  KEVIN HARTNETT

Paul Erdős placed bounties on hundreds of unsolved math problems. Over the past 20 years, only a handful have been claimed.

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EVOLUTION
 

Fragile DNA Enables New Adaptations to Evolve Quickly

By  VIVIANE CALLIER

If highly repetitive gene-regulating sequences in DNA are easily lost, then that may explain why some adaptations evolve quickly and repeatedly.

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GENETICS(2017)
 

Beating the Odds for Lucky Mutations

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

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Q&A

 

An Astrophysicist Who Maps the Universe’s Terra Incognita

By  NATALIE WOLCHOVER

Priyamvada Natarajan has pioneered the mapping and modeling of the universe’s invisible contents, especially dark matter and supermassive black holes.

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ASTROPHYSICS(2017)
 

Earliest Black Hole Gives Rare Glimpse of Ancient Universe

By  JOSHUA SOKOL

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG

 

Artificial Intelligence Finds Ancient ‘Ghosts’ in Modern DNA

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

With the help of deep learning techniques, paleoanthropologists find evidence of long-lost branches on the human family tree.

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EVOLUTION(2017)
 

Genetics Spills Secrets From Neanderthals’ Lost History

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

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