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quantum information theory

Wormholes Reveal a Way to Manipulate Black Hole Information in the Lab

A proposal for building wormhole-connected black holes offers a way to probe the paradoxes of quantum information.

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Quantized Columns

The Animal Origins of Coronavirus and Flu

Zoonotic diseases like influenza and many coronaviruses start out in animals, but their biological machinery often enables them to jump to humans.

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combinatorics

Rainbow Proof Shows Graphs Have Uniform Parts

Mathematicians have proved that copies of smaller graphs can always be used to perfectly cover larger ones.

Painting of a planet and a star.
exoplanets

New Exoplanet Search Strategy Claims First Discovery

By watching for a special kind of flare, astronomers have identified the fingerprints of an Earth-size planet orbiting a distant star.

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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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patterns

Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization

In a world seemingly filled with chaos, physicists have discovered new forms of synchronization and are learning how to predict and control them.

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Illustration of an immune cell that wields weapons on one side of its body and construction tools on the other.
immunology

Immune Cell Assassins Reveal Their Nurturing Side

Don’t be misled by the bloodthirsty names of immune cells. Mounting research shows that the cells also fine-tune tissues and help the body heal.

A rogue wave and a sailboat.
fluid dynamics

The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves

Rogue waves — enigmatic giants of the sea — were thought to be caused by two different mechanisms. But a new idea that borrows from the hinterlands of probability theory has the potential to predict them all.

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fluid dynamics

Mathematicians Prove Universal Law of Turbulence

By exploiting randomness, three mathematicians have proved an elegant law that underlies the chaotic motion of turbulent systems.

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John Urschel: From NFL Player to Mathematician

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John Urschel, who retired from playing professional football with the Baltimore Ravens to become a mathematician, talks to host Steven Strogatz about the fascinations of graph theory that lured him away from the NFL.

insights puzzle

Did the Chicken Come First or Is It Turtles All the Way Down?

The apparent paradox of the chicken and the egg smells like “turtles all the way down.” This puzzle shows how biology and physics can overcome infinite regress.

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