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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.

A visualization of the tower formed by the 3-adic numbers
Abstractions blog

An Infinite Universe of Number Systems

The p-adics form an infinite collection of number systems based on prime numbers. They’re at the heart of modern number theory.

A pair of diamonds press from opposite directions against a black metal gasket containing a hydrogen-carbon-sulfur compound.
Abstractions blog

Room-Temperature Superconductivity Achieved for the First Time

Physicists have reached a long-sought goal. The catch is that their room-temperature superconductor requires crushing pressures to keep from falling apart.

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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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.

An illustration of computer scientists looking down a new road that breaks open a traveling salesperson route.
Illustration that depicts two types of simple molecules reacting in water on the early Earth.
origins of life

New Clues to Chemical Origins of Metabolism at Dawn of Life

The ingredients for reactions ancestral to metabolism could have formed very easily in the primordial soup, new work suggests.

Cells being injected with a microneedle.
Abstractions blog

Nobel Chemistry Prize Awarded for CRISPR ‘Genetic Scissors’

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of CRISPR/Cas9 genetic editing.

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.

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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The Map of Mathematics

Explore our surprisingly simple, absurdly ambitious and necessarily incomplete guide to the boundless mathematical universe.

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