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### Physicists Puzzle Over Emergence of Strange Electron Aggregates

Electrons have been seen uniting into entities with fractions of electric charge, this time without a magnetic field coaxing them into it.

### Simple Equation Predicts the Shapes of Carbon-Capturing Wetlands

To calculate the amount of carbon stored inside peatlands, researchers developed a unified theory of “bog physics” applicable around the world.

### The S-Matrix Is the Oracle Physicists Turn To in Times of Crisis

Particle physicists in search of the next theory of reality are consulting a mathematical structure that they know will never fail: a table of possibilities known as the S-matrix.

### How Failure Has Made Mathematics Stronger

The topologist Danny Calegari discusses the inevitability of disappointment in math, and how to learn from it.

### Electric ‘Ripples’ in the Resting Brain Tag Memories for Storage

New experiments reveal how the brain chooses which memories to save and add credence to advice about the importance of rest.

### He Seeks Mystery Magnetic Fields With His Quantum Compass

Alex Sushkov is updating an old technology with new quantum tricks in hopes of sensing the magnetic influence of dark matter.

### Computer Scientists Invent an Efficient New Way to Count

By making use of randomness, a team has created a simple algorithm for estimating large numbers of distinct objects in a stream of data.

### Strangely Curved Shapes Break 50-Year-Old Geometry Conjecture

Mathematicians have disproved a major conjecture about the relationship between curvature and shape.

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