The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets

The Mystifying Case of the Missing Planets

Dragomir said the radius gap points to possible rules both about how planets are formed, and what happens to them early on. Though some kind of atmosphere loss is a reasonable guess, it is just one of three general ideas, said Sara Seager, an astronomer at MIT who is deputy science director for the TESS mission.

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

That prompted a group at Princeton University, led by the biophysicists Thomas Gregor and William Bialek, to suspect something else: that the cells could instead get all the information they needed to define the positions of pair-rule stripes from the expression levels of the gap genes alone, even though those are not periodic and therefore not an obvious source for such precise instructions.

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

Trump Can’t Make a North Korea Deal on His Own

And while he acknowledges that tensions between Kim and Trump may have escalated to such a dangerous point last summer—thanks in no small part to Trump’s own rhetoric—that a shotgun summit in Singapore was needed, he and others argue that it’s not a viable process for substantive change.

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

From 'Minding the Gap' to 'Hale County,' We're in a New Age of Documentaries

When the Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, I found comfort amid the nominees for Best Documentary—alongside Liu’s transformative portrait of abuse was Hale County This Morning, This Evening , director RaMell Ross’s impressionistic meditation on black southern life in Selma, Alabama.

For the First Time, All Three Streamers Are Oscar-Bound

For the First Time, All Three Streamers Are Oscar-Bound

And while several Netflix and Amazon entries are included, the most notable entries come from a service that’s never before been a contender: Hulu.Related StoriesBrian RafteryStreaming Tightens Its Grip on the Golden GlobesPeter RubinIt's the Emmys That Need a 'Popular Award,' Not the OscarsAngela WatercutterGuillermo del Toro's Pinocchio Isn't for Kids—It's for OscarsThe 11-year-old service has two films in the running for Best Documentary Feature: Bing Liu’s youth-in-crisis skateboarding tale Minding the Gap and Stephen Maing’s Crime + Punishment, about corruption within the New York Police Department.

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

Melinda Gates' New Research Reveals Alarming Diversity Numbers

This group will coordinate to direct their giving collectively, with the twin goals of creating a set of guidelines that will revamp the computer science major to appeal more to women of color and while building dedicated communities that will support these women within the industry, among other things.Gates has long contended that collecting data is critical to addressing the social challenges she has spent the second part of her career tackling as a philanthropist; companies may say they care deeply about problems, but until the research exists to show them exactly what the problem looks like, how it’s changing, and what measures have been shown to be effective in addressing it, not much changes.