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The Brazilian mathematician Carolina Araujo, who calls herself “a bit of an anarchist,” is organizing meetings and building a support network to study and solve the problems women face in mathematics.
A science fiction novelist and an internet commenter made breakthroughs on a longstanding problem about the number of ways you can arrange a set of items. What did they discover?
Dark matter may occasionally interact with minerals in the earth, leaving telltale tracks that physicists hope to decipher.
The same codes needed to thwart errors in quantum computers may also give the fabric of space-time its intrinsic robustness.
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