How We Might One Day Communicate With Liquids

A new machine designed at Stanford University sends digital messages without electronics, using common household chemicals. Eventually, similar systems could allow tiny devices to communicate inside the body, or be adapted to environments in which traditional electronics break down. Read More >>

The Powerful Equations That Explain the Patterns We See in Nature

Where do a zebra's stripes, a leopard's spots and our fingers come from? The key was found years ago – by the man who cracked the Enigma code. Read More >>

A Computer Has Finally Proven the Answer to a 400-Year-Old Maths Problem

Way back in 1611, Johannes Kepler suggested that the most efficient way to stack spheres — like arranging oranges for sale — Read More >>

How Facebook Will Power Graph Search

Facebook's new Graph Search is an ambitious project, and brings with it the need for some serious computational grunt. Here's how Facebook is taking on that challenge. Read More >>

How Chemistry Is Predicting the Flavour Pairings of the Future

Some tastes just go together beautifully: lamb and rosemary; tomato and basil; cheddar and digestive biscuits. But despite a new wave of molecular gastronomy, human imagination can only go so far—which is why scientists are developing computational chemistry techniques to predict the flavor combinations of the future. Read More >>