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Geometry's least-packable shapes

If you've ever struggled to pack a bunch of suitcases into the trunk of your car, you've got some idea of a basic problem in materials science: if you throw a bunch of atoms or molecules together, how do ...

dateMar 03, 2015 in Mathematics
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Robust systems persist in response to mutations

At first glance, robustness and evolvability—two keys to the continued existence of life—look incompatible. Living things need robust genes; otherwise, any mutation could spell death. At the same time, a species needs ...

dateFeb 21, 2014 in Biotechnology
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Can scientists know that they do not know?

Imagine you knew everything about the current universe – the state of every single particle – and all the laws governing the universe's evolution. Endowed with such knowledge, you could then predict the future, right? ...

dateFeb 17, 2014 in Social Sciences
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