Bookmarks (15)

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    To See Black Holes in Stunning Detail, She Uses ‘Echoes’ Like a Bat

    The astrophysicist Erin Kara measures time lags in black holes’ X-ray glows, which reveal the complexity...

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    Radio Maps May Reveal the Universe’s Biggest Magnetic Fields

    A controversial technique has produced detailed maps of the magnetic fields in colossal galaxy clusters. If...

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    In a ‘Dark Dimension,’ Physicists Search for Missing Matter | Quanta Magazine

    An idea derived from string theory suggests that dark matter is hiding in a (relatively) large...

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    The Best Neighborhoods for Starting a Life in the Galaxy

    Some neighborhoods in the Milky Way may be better suited for making habitable planets than others....

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    Clashing Cosmic Numbers Challenge Our Best Theory of the Universe | Quanta Magazine

    As measurements of distant stars and galaxies become more precise, cosmologists are struggling to make sense...

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    New Kind of Magnetism Spotted in an Engineered Material | Quanta Magazine

    In an atomically thin stack of semiconductors, a mechanism unseen in any natural substance causes electrons’...

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    Deep Beneath Earth’s Surface, Clues to Life’s Origins | Quanta Magazine

    Last spring, scientists retrieved a trove of mantle rocks from underneath the Atlantic seafloor — a...

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    The Year in Physics

    From the smallest scales to the largest, the physical world provided no shortage of surprises this...

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    New Clues for What Will Happen When the Sun Eats the Earth

    Recent observations of an aging, alien planetary system are helping to answer the question: What will...

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    Extra-Long Blasts Challenge Our Theories of Cosmic Cataclysms | Quanta Magazine

    Astronomers thought they had solved the mystery of gamma-ray bursts. A few recent events suggest otherwise....

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    The (Often) Overlooked Experiment That Revealed the Quantum World | Quanta Magazine

    A century ago, the Stern-Gerlach experiment established the truth of quantum mechanics. Now it’s being used...

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    A Century Later, New Math Smooths Out General Relativity | Quanta Magazine

    Mathematicians prove a theorem that illuminates the geometry of universes with tiny amounts of mass. The...

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    Rogue Worlds Throw Planetary Ideas Out of Orbit | Quanta Magazine

    Scientists have recently discovered scores of free-floating worlds that defy classification. The new observations have forced...

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    The Scientist Who Decodes the Songs of Undersea Volcanoes

    In the rumbles and groans of underwater volcanoes, Jackie Caplan-Auerbach finds her favorite harmonies — and...

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    These Moons Are Dark and Frozen. So How Can They Have Oceans?

    The moons orbiting Jupiter and Saturn appear to have subsurface oceans — tantalizing targets in the...