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Big Black Holes Found in the Smallest Galaxies

Tiny, dim “dwarf” galaxies have been found to hide gas-spewing black holes.

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Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

Researchers are getting close to building a quantum computer that can perform tasks a classical computer can’t. Here’s what the milestone will mean.

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How (Relatively) Simple Symmetries Underlie Our Expanding Universe

Although Einstein’s theory of space-time seems more complicated than Newtonian physics, it greatly simplified the mathematical description of the universe.

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How Swarming Insects Act Like Fluids

By studying a swarm of flying midges as though it were a fluid, physicists have learned how collective behaviors might stabilize a group against environmental disruptions.

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How Randomness Can Make Math Easier

Randomness would seem to make a mathematical statement harder to prove. In fact, it often does the opposite.

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The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement

A recent test has confirmed the predictions of quantum trajectory theory.

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Philosophers Debate New ‘Sonic Black Hole’ Discovery

Opinions differ about what recent measurements of a sound-trapping fluid reveal about light-trapping black holes.

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A New Law to Describe Quantum Computing’s Rise?

Neven’s law states that quantum computers are improving at a “doubly exponential” rate. If it holds, quantum supremacy is around the corner.

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A Close Look at Newborn Planets Reveals Hints of Infant Moons

Astronomers have discovered a complex planetary system still swirling into existence.

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