Patrick Barry

All Stories by Patrick Barry

  1. Math

    The influence of influence in Prisoner’s Dilemma

    Cooperation wins out over betrayal when successful prisoners recruit followers.

  2. Computing

    New theory defines faster MRI

    Better equations could improve MRI quality, or even bring quantum computing closer.

  3. No gene is an island

    The gene p53 has long been singled out as an anticancer hero. It is a critical tumor fighter. A person or lab animal develops a tumor much faster without the gene than with it. THE NETWORK | The diagram above outlines just a portion of the network that regulates genes in a sea urchin embryo. […]

  4. Physics

    Superconductivity does the twist

    Electron fluctuations could explain why exotic material conducts without resistance.

  5. Health & Medicine

    Telomere enzyme a likely key to longevity

    Study with the telomerase enzyme gives mice a longevity boost without high cancer risk.

  6. Health & Medicine

    Bacteria that do logic

    A team engineers microbes to perform AND, OR, NAND and NOR logic operations.

  7. Humans

    Bypassing paralyzed nerves

    Implanted electrode helps paralyzed monkey clench its forearm muscles.

  8. Math

    An infinite beautiful mind

    Theorem identifies cases in which infinite-choice games will have at least one Nash equilibrium.

  9. Life

    Old age causes problems for gut cells

    Intestinal stem cells go awry in elderly flies.

  10. Physics

    Charging up fuel injection

    A new device uses an electric field to increase cars’ gas mileage.

  11. Life

    Old fish, new fish, red fish, blue fish

    A difference in vision in cichlids in Lake Victoria could be pushing a species to split into two.

  12. Gene therapy tool would target free radicals

    New method would make the most of the balance between the good and bad of free radicals, offering a potential treatment for cardiovascular diseases.