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Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced

Decades after the landmark proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, ideas abound for how to make it even more reliable. But such efforts reflect a deep misunderstanding of what makes the proof so important.

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The Body’s Clock Offers a Rhythmic Target to Viruses

Viruses and other parasites may sync with their host’s biological clock — or reset it — to gain an advantage.

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Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems

Surviving fragments of genetic material preserved in sediments allow scientists to see the full diversity of past life — even microbes.

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What’s the Magic Behind Graphene’s ‘Magic’ Angle?

A new theoretical model may help explain the shocking onset of superconductivity in stacked, twisted carbon sheets.

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Computer Scientists Expand the Frontier of Verifiable Knowledge

The universe of problems that a computer can check has grown. The researchers’ secret ingredient? Quantum entanglement.

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How Geometry, Data and Neighbors Predict Your Favorite Movies

A little high school geometry can help you understand the basic math behind movie recommendation engines.

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Viruses Can Scatter Their Genes Among Cells and Reassemble

Some viruses can replicate without infecting any one cell with all their genes.

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The Hidden Heroines of Chaos

The story of the birth of chaos theory has left out two programming pioneers.

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Solution: ‘The Bulldogs That Bulldogs Fight’

To minimize brain strain when thinking recursively, start simply, look for a pattern and let the pattern do the work.