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    Crucial Computer Program for Particle Physics at Risk of Obsolescence

    Maintenance of the software that’s used for the hardest physics calculations rests almost entirely with a...

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    Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer | Quanta Magazine

    The unprecedented experiment explores the possibility that space-time somehow emerges from quantum information. The post Physicists...

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    Mathematical Trio Advances Centuries-Old Number Theory Problem | Quanta Magazine

    The work — the first-ever limit on how many whole numbers can be written as the...

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    The Brain Uses Calculus to Control Fast Movements | Quanta Magazine

    Researchers discover that to sharpen its control over precision maneuvers, the brain uses comparisons between control...

  • AI Reveals New Possibilities in Matrix Multiplication

    Inspired by the results of a game-playing neural network, mathematicians have been making unexpected advances on...

  • A Mathematician Dancing Between Algebra and Geometry

    Wei Ho, the first director of the Women and Mathematics program at the Institute for Advanced...

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    Simple Geometry Shows When Two Shapes Are Equal | Quanta Magazine

    Proving that two polygons have the same area can be as easy as cutting them up...

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    Why This Universe? A New Calculation Suggests Our Cosmos Is Typical.

    Two physicists have calculated that the universe has a higher entropy — and is therefore more...

  • Computer Proof ‘Blows Up’ Centuries-Old Fluid Equations

    For more than 250 years, mathematicians have wondered if the Euler equations might sometimes fail to...

  • The Gut Microbiome Helps Social Skills Develop in the Brain

    New research in fish suggests that gut microbes can have a crucial early influence on the...

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    How to Think About Relativity

    Albert Einstein’s ideas about space-time aren’t exactly intuitive, and they aren’t exactly Einstein’s, either. The post...

  • New Chip Expands the Possibilities for AI

    An energy-efficient chip called NeuRRAM fixes an old design flaw to run large-scale AI algorithms on...

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    Cryptography’s Future Will Be Quantum-Safe. Here’s How It Will Work.

    Lattice cryptography promises to protect secrets from the attacks of far-future quantum computers. The post Cryptography’s...

  • How Supergenes Fuel Evolution Despite Harmful Mutations

    Supergenes that lock inherited traits together are widespread in nature. Recent work shows that their blend...

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    The Enduring Mystery of the Dragonfly 44 Galaxy

    A growing catalog of huge but dim galaxies such as Dragonfly 44 is forcing astronomers to...

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    A Dream of Discovering Alien Life Finds New Hope

    For Lisa Kaltenegger and her generation of exoplanet astronomers, decades of planning have set the stage...

  • Ocean Bacteria Reveal an Unexpected Multicellular Form

    Marine bacteria normally seen as single cells join together as a “microscopic snow globe” to consume...

  • In Math and Life, Svetlana Jitomirskaya Stares Down Complexity | Quanta Magazine

    Svetlana Jitomirskaya was born in Ukraine, but left the Soviet Union to escape sexism and antisemitism....

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    Why Mathematicians Study Knots

    Far from being an abstract mathematical curiosity, knot theory has driven many findings in math and...

  • How Genes Can Leap From Snakes to Frogs | Quanta Magazine

    The discovery of a hot spot for horizontal gene transfer draws attention to the possible roles...

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    Brightest-Ever Space Explosion Could Help Explain Dark Matter | Quanta Magazine

    A recent gamma-ray burst known as the BOAT — “brightest of all time” — appears to...

  • How to Win at Wordle (Without Cheating)

    Solve these puzzle questions to level up your Wordle game. The post How to Win at...

  • New Entanglement Results Hint at Better Quantum Codes

    A team of physicists has entangled three photons over a considerable distance, which could lead to...

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    Experiments Spell Doom for Decades-Old Explanation of Quantum Weirdness

    Physical-collapse theories have long offered a natural solution to the central mystery of the quantum world....

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    Inside the Proton, the ‘Most Complicated Thing’ Imaginable

    The positively charged particle at the heart of the atom is an object of unspeakable complexity,...

  • The Computer Scientist Who’s Boosting Privacy on the Internet

    Harry Halpin wants our internet conversations to be more private. He’s helped create a new kind...

  • Mathematicians Discover the Fibonacci Numbers Hiding in Strange Spaces

    Recent explorations of unique geometric worlds reveal perplexing patterns, including the Fibonacci sequence and the golden...

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    Teenager Solves Stubborn Riddle About Prime Number Look-Alikes | Quanta Magazine

    In his senior year of high school, Daniel Larsen proved a key theorem about Carmichael numbers...

  • Human Brains Are Hard to Study. He Grows Useful Substitutes.

    With stem cell technology and lab-grown brain organoids, Sergiu Paşca seeks the causes of autism and...

  • Lab-Grown Human Cells Form Working Circuits in Rat Brains

    Letting human brain organoids grow in animal brains could be an ethical new option for experimental...

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    How to Prove You Know a Secret Without Giving It Away | Quanta Magazine

    Zero-knowledge proofs allow researchers to prove their knowledge without divulging the knowledge itself. The post How...

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    AI Model Links Smell Molecules With Metabolic Processes | Quanta Magazine

    Efforts to build a better digital “nose” suggest that our perception of scents reflects both the...

  • ‘Monumental’ Math Proof Solves Triple Bubble Problem and More

    The decades-old Sullivan’s conjecture, about the best way to minimize the surface area of a bubble...

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    Molecule-Building Innovators Win Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    The chemists Carolyn Bertozzi, Morten Meldal and K. Barry Sharpless were recognized for their development of...

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    Pioneering Quantum Physicists Win Nobel Prize in Physics

    Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger have won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics for...

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    Geneticist Awarded Nobel Prize for Studies of Extinct Human Ancestors

    Svante Pääbo has been awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for studying our...

  • How Star Trek’s Lieutenant Uhura Overcame Astronomical Odds

    Readers rescued a Star Trek crew from a probabilistic predicament armed only with the power of...

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    What We Know About Monkeypox

    Even though we’ve learned a lot about this relative of smallpox, some mysteries remain due to...

  • Biologists Use Genetic Circuits to Program Plant Roots

    Using inserted genetic circuitry, synthetic biologists controlled the growth of plant roots for the first time....

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    How Big Is Infinity?

    Of all the endless questions children and mathematicians have asked about infinity, one of the most...

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    Physicists Rewrite a Quantum Rule That Clashes With Our Universe

    The past and the future are tightly linked in conventional quantum mechanics. Perhaps too tightly. A...

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    The New Math of Wrinkling

    A comprehensive mathematical framework treats wrinkling patterns as elegant solutions to geometric problems. The post The...

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    High-Temperature Superconductivity Understood at Last | Quanta Magazine

    A new atomic-scale experiment all but settles the origin of the strong form of superconductivity seen...

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    How Do Fireflies Flash in Sync? Studies Suggest a New Answer. | Quanta Magazine

    Field research suggests a new explanation for the synchronized flashing in fireflies and confirms that a...

  • How Mathematical Curves Enable Advanced Communication

    A simple geometric idea has been used to power advances in information theory, cryptography and even...

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    Chaos Researchers Can Now Predict Perilous Points of No Return

    A custom-built machine learning algorithm can predict when a complex system is about to switch to...

  • Record-Breaking Robot Highlights How Animals Excel at Jumping

    Robots can surpass the limitations on how high and far animals can jump, but their success...

  • Richard Rusczyk Is a Math Evangelist Who Preaches Problem-Solving | Quanta Magazine

    Richard Rusczyk, founder of Art of Problem Solving, has a vision for bringing “joyous, beautiful math”...

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    How AI Transformers Mimic Parts of the Brain | Quanta Magazine

    Neural networks originally designed for language processing turn out to be great models of how our...

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    A Black Hole’s Orbiting Ring of Light Could Encrypt Its Inner Secrets

    Physicists have discovered that the ring of photons orbiting a black hole exhibits a special kind...