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Complex software systems -- heal thyself

(PhysOrg.com) -- Software underlies modern life, keeping everything from mobile phone networks functioning to planes in the air, but ensuring increasingly complex systems stay free of faults has become an ...

May 03, 2010 4.8 / 5 (8) 9

Biology May Not Be So Complex Afterall

(PhysOrg.com) -- Centuries ago, scientists began reducing the physics of the universe into a few, key laws described by a handful of parameters. Such simple descriptions have remained elusive for complex biological ...

Feb 24, 2010 3.7 / 5 (6) 1 | with audio podcast

Virtualizing succession and sustainability

How do we as a society imagine our future? With social and natural environments changing, often quickly, it's difficult to imagine how our society might look a generation or more into the future. How can we then develop robust ...

Feb 18, 2010 4.5 / 5 (2) 0

How Did Evolution Begin?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Life's ability to replicate itself is essential for evolution, yet even the simplest kind of replication requires a relatively complex system. So what kind of non-replicating system might ...

Sep 28, 2009 4 / 5 (35) 17 feature

Echoes of phlogiston in stem cell biology

Before it was learned that matter burns by taking up oxygen, most chemists sought to explain combustion as the release of a mysterious substance, which they named "phlogiston". Phlogiston theory was a conceptual breakthrough ...

Sep 21, 2009 5 / 5 (1) 0