Mark Vincent dela Cerna

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Cédric Villani: ‘Mathematics is about progress and adventure and emotion’

Fields medal winner Cédric Villani is an impassioned advocate for mathematics, as Carole Cadwalladr discovers<p>The second time I meet Cédric Villani is when I bump into him in the Eurostar terminal in Paris. But then how could I miss him? There are crowds of milling businessmen and weekending couples …

Rare flu strains could be key to super-vaccine

Rarer forms of flu may be the key to producing a vaccine giving protection against many different strains, scientists believe. Research suggests that immunisation against bird flu strains that do not usually threaten humans may provide the nearest thing yet to a universal flu vaccine.<p>Exposure to an …

New Quantum Theory Could Explain the Flow of Time

Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known …

Surprise! Mathematical model reveals unexpected findings on happiness

Do you remember the last time you were dreading something, only to have it turn out to be a pleasant surprise? Maybe it was a bad summer blockbuster you were forced to watch, or a blind date set up by your parents.<p>You turn up, grumbling and prepared to hate every second of it. But then, a funny …

How One Woman Deciphered Her Own Genetic Mutation

As access to medical information becomes more democratized, patients have new power to investigate their problems.<p>Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning inward, unbidden. A few weeks later she started having trouble lifting her feet properly near the end …