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quantum gravity

Black Hole Paradoxes Reveal a Fundamental Link Between Energy and Order

By chewing on the problems posed by “extremal” black holes, physicists have exposed a surprising and universal connection between energy and entropy.

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Quantized Columns

Spreading the Word on a Possible Alzheimer’s Treatment

Neuroscientists could use brain waves to spur immune cells into action against the disease — but the process is almost too fantastic to believe.

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Abstractions blog

Growing Anomalies at the Large Hadron Collider Raise Hopes

Collider physicists report that several measurements of particles called B mesons deviate from predictions. Alone, each oddity looks like a fluke, but their collective drift is more suggestive.

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Abstractions blog

Out-of-Sync ‘Loners’ May Secretly Protect Orderly Swarms

Studies of collective behavior usually focus on how crowds of organisms coordinate their actions. But what if the individuals that don’t participate have just as much to tell us?

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artificial intelligence

Symbolic Mathematics Finally Yields to Neural Networks

After translating some of math’s complicated equations, researchers have created an AI system that they hope will answer even bigger questions.

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The mathematical physicist Robbert Dijkgraaf and host Steven Strogatz discuss the frontiers of string theory and why space and time might not be the most fundamental things in the universe.

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Abstractions blog

Egg Laying or Live Birth: How Evolution Chooses

A lizard that both lays eggs and gives birth to live young is helping scientists understand how and why these forms of reproduction evolved.

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number theory

Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials

Vesselin Dimitrov’s proof of the Schinzel-Zassenhaus conjecture quantifies the way special values of polynomials push each other apart.

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microbiology

Inside Deep Undersea Rocks, Life Thrives Without the Sun

Newly discovered worlds of microbes far beneath the ocean floor, inside old basaltic rocks, could point to a greater likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe.

insights puzzle

Why Our Perpetual Energy Puzzle Fails

Readers poked holes in our paradoxical April Fools’ Day claims about perpetual energy and whether this puzzle solution would ever be published.

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What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists

Researchers struggle to incorporate ongoing evolutionary discoveries into an animal classification scheme older than Darwin.

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Arrows of Time

The human mind has long grappled with the elusive nature of time: what it is, how to record it, how it regulates life, and whether it exists as a fundamental building block of the universe.

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