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Hidden Structure

A New Map of All the Particles and Forces

We’ve created a new way to explore the fundamental constituents of the universe.

Hidden Structure

The Hidden Structure of the Universe

Our new series of articles explores the search for fundamental structure at the edge of science.

Q&A

To Boldly Go Where No Internet Protocol Has Gone Before

Vinton Cerf helped create the internet 40 years ago, and he’s still working to connect people around the world — and off it.

Particle going through a barrier
quantum physics

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.

ecology

A Physicist’s Approach to Biology Brings Ecological Insights

The physicist Jeff Gore tests theories about microbe communities experimentally and finds new rules governing ecological stability.

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neuroscience

Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons

The dendritic arms of some human neurons can perform logic operations that once seemed to require whole neural networks.

A visualization of the tower formed by the 3-adic numbers
An illustration of computer scientists looking down a new road that breaks open a traveling salesperson route.
algorithms

Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record

After 44 years, there’s finally a better way to find approximate solutions to the notoriously difficult traveling salesperson problem.

Abstractions blog

Physics Nobel Awarded for Black Hole Breakthroughs

Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their studies of black holes.

Electron micrograph of the hepatitis C virus.
Abstractions blog

Scientists Win Nobel Prize for Discovering the Hepatitis C Virus

Harvey Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles Rice were awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of the cause of a major liver disease.

insights puzzle

Celebrating the Playful Magic of John Horton Conway

Have fun exploring a numerical puzzle, a geometric puzzle and a game of random patterns, all inspired by the playful genius of the legendary mathematician.

The Joy of x Podcast


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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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