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Secret Ingredient Found to Power Supernovas

Three-dimensional supernova simulations have solved the mystery of why they explode at all.

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Abstractions blog

Plant Cells of Different Species Can Swap Organelles

In grafted plants, shrunken chloroplasts can jump between species by slipping through unexpected gateways in cell walls.

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Q&A

The NASA Engineer Who’s a Mathematician at Heart

Christine Darden worked at NASA for 40 years, helping make supersonic planes quieter and forging a path for women to follow in her footsteps.

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Mathematicians Resurrect Hilbert’s 13th Problem

Long considered solved, David Hilbert’s question about seventh-degree polynomials is leading researchers to a new web of mathematical connections.

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A Prodigy Who Cracked Open the Cosmos

Frank Wilczek has been at the forefront of theoretical physics for the past 50 years. He talks about winning the Nobel Prize for work he did as a student, his solution to the dark matter problem, and the God of a scientist.

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Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light

Recent experiments show that particles should be able to go faster than light when they quantum mechanically “tunnel” through walls.

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Abstractions blog

The Curious Strength of a Sea Sponge’s Glass Skeleton

A glass sponge found deep in the Pacific shows a remarkable ability to withstand compression and bending, on top of the sponge’s other unusual properties.

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A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life

Inside cells, droplets of biomolecules called condensates merge, divide and dissolve. Their dance may regulate vital processes.

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Abstractions blog

Galaxy-Size Bubbles Discovered Towering Over the Milky Way

For decades, astronomers debated whether a particular smudge was close-by and small, or distant and huge. A new X-ray map supports the massive option.

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How to Solve Our Three John Conway-Inspired Puzzles

A numerical puzzle, a geometric puzzle and a game of random patterns — all with connections to the legendary mathematician — elicited an enthusiastic response from readers.

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The astrophysicist Janna Levin describes the fierce scientific beauty she finds in black holes and reveals why she took a major risk early in her career.

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