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Scientists have known for decades that mitochondria can contribute to disease. Recent studies are now exploring the organelles’ influence on mental health and well-being, especially when it comes to stress, anxiety and depression.
Scientists have begun to model the sugary “glycan shield” that protects the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This new knowledge could shape the development of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.
Indistinguishability obfuscation was so difficult to attain that some computer scientists considered it impossible and abandoned it. In August, Huijia Lin, Amit Sahai and Aayush Jain finally achieved it.
BREAKING: A new simulation has revealed that global warming could cause stratocumulus clouds to disappear in as little as a century, which would add 8°C (14°F) of extra warming.
Mathematician and logician Kurt Gödel was born on this day in 1906. Gödel's famous incompleteness theorems, which ended the pursuit of a complete and consistent mathematics, were published when he was 25 years old.
Mathematicians Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze and Akshay Venkatesh have just been awarded the Fields Medal. Computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis won the Nevanlinna Prize. Read our exclusive, in-depth profiles of all five winners.
This past Monday marked what would have been mathematician Emmy Noether’s 138th birthday. Her contributions to abstract algebra and studies of symmetry have become a cornerstone of modern physics. (Thread)