The Best Articles in Science
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Top 5 Science Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Science by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- How to Make the Universe Think for Us
- Life: modern physics can’t explain it – but our new theory, which says time is fundamental, might
- Great Mysteries of Physics 1: is time an illusion?
- How To Spot Bad Science
- How a DNA ‘Parasite’ May Have Fragmented Our Genes
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Ethical dilemma: Whose life is more valuable?
Puzzle through a classic ethical dilemma and decide: how do we determine the value of a life, whether human or non-human?--To protect against a possible resu...
The Science of Slowing Down Aging
Aging is inevitable, but what if it wasn't? Let's take a look at the latest science and how it might be possible to slow our own aging. What's the difference...
Methane’s life, death, and secret second life
Everything you need to know about the extremely powerful greenhouse gas.For more information about our sources and the how we calculated our 100 molecules, c...
Jason W. Chin: A virus-resistant organism
What if we could use the power of DNA to create a sustainable, circular economy? In a talk about breakthrough science, synthetic biologist Jason W. Chin describes his team's work rewriting the genetic…
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What Is a Neutrino? The Missing Key to Modern Physics Could Be a Ghost Particle
The enigmatic saga of one of astrophysics' most wanted particles.
What Is Entanglement and Why Is It Important?
Caltech scientists explain the strange phenomenon of quantum entanglement in everyday language.
What is Neural Network? How does it understand things?
One of our great scientists, Stephen Hawking, said that “The development of full Artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human...
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How to Make the Universe Think for Us
Physicists are building neural networks out of vibrations, voltages and lasers, arguing that the future of computing lies in exploiting the universe’s complex physical behaviors.
How To Spot Bad Science
In a digital world that clamors for clicks, news is sensationalized, and “facts” change all the time, here’s how to discern what is trustworthy and what is hogwash.
«Science is not some big immovable mass. It is not infallible. It does not pretend to be able to explain everything or to know everything.»
How to break a theory
When a theory breaks, you learn how to build it better.
«ASK WEIRD QUESTIONS Einstein had a wild imagination. He asked himself questions like: What would he feel if he rode an elevator through outer space? What would he see if he chased a beam of light?»
How to Make Sense of Contradictory Science Papers
The science you can come across today can often appear to be full of contradictory claims. One study tells you red wine is good for…
«The peer-review process is, in fact, designed, not to detect fraud or data manipulation, but to select for what is noteworthy.»
How to see a memory
Every memory leaves its own imprint in the brain, and researchers are starting to work out what one looks like.
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The Two-Century Quest to Quantify Our Senses
The quantification of bodies, senses, and experience did not begin with surveillance capitalism but can be traced back to mathematical and statistical techniques of the 19th century.
Genetic engineering is the process of using recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology to alter the genetic makeup of an organism.
What if we tolerated diseases?
The immune cells that fight bacteria and viruses are well-known. But some scientists think we should devote more attention to a second prong of defense: one that allows our bodies to more harmlessly…
«“Bacteria, they like glucose,” says Soares. Therefore, the body often shuts down glucose production when it is infected, and infections often make animals lose their appetites. These twin actions limit the pathogen’s energy source and so help survival of the host.»
The Strong Assumption
The Strong Assumption The Strong Assumption Annaka Harris The central challenge to a science of consciousness is that we can never acquire direct evidence of consciousness apart from our own…
Long-sought universal flu vaccine: mRNA-based candidate enters clinical trial
The phase I trial will test safety and efficacy in a small number of people.
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Great Mysteries of Physics 1: is time an illusion?
Physics makes a lot of assumptions about time that may be getting in the way of understanding the fourth dimension.
Life: modern physics can’t explain it – but our new theory, which says time is fundamental, might
The key to understanding why life is not explainable in current physics may be to reconsider our notions of time and information.
Can a ‘Fingerprint’ of Your Brain Help Predict Disorders?
Using new medical imaging techniques, researchers are working to identify early signs of developmental disorders and mental illness
Great Mysteries of Physics: do we really need a theory of everything?
Our two best theories of nature, quantum mechanics and general relativity, are incompatible with each other in many ways – leaving physicists to dig deeper.
Chemical reactions on the early Earth may have formed its ocean
Conditions that favor water may be common in the formation of rocky planets.
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How a DNA ‘Parasite’ May Have Fragmented Our Genes
A novel type of “jumping gene” may explain why the genomes of complex cells aren’t all equally stuffed with noncoding sequences.
The strongest evidence for a Universe before the Big Bang
The hot Big Bang is often touted as the beginning of the Universe. But there's one piece of evidence we can't ignore that shows otherwise.
Life Evolves. Can Attempts to Create ‘Artificial Life’ Evolve, Too?
Do efforts to create life—by cooking up imitations in computers, robots and molecules—point toward a universal definition of biology?
The elements of scientific style
Scientific papers are dense, jargon-filled, and painful to read. It wasn’t always this way – and it doesn’t have to be.
«Journals are increasingly seen as a point of friction in science as opposed to what they used to be: a tool to facilitate communication»
Primitive Asgard Cells Show Life on the Brink of Complexity
As researchers race to cultivate more of the intriguing cells from the deep seafloor, the few cells now growing in labs are giving us our best glimpses of the forerunners of all complex life.
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