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The complex topography of a crumpled piece of paper has only two basic types of regions, and they can be combined to build up the whole surface, according to calculations.

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Allured by the chic perception and higher funding levels of disease-oriented research, many physicists have migrated to cell biology. Does physics really play a dominant role, or is cellular physiology slave to genetics and chemistry?

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A new analysis clears some of the remaining hurdles to a completely rigorous density-functional theory for calculating the properties of materials at finite temperature.

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Foraging animals or other randomly moving entities can more easily avoid each other by taking more long-distance jumps, according to theoretical results, which may also apply to epidemics and database searches.

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Reducing coordination among local nodes in a network suffering from time lags can improve the overall performance of the entire network.

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A mathematical model for swarming locusts suggests that their random direction switches occur after small errors of many individuals add up to a large effect.

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