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Studies of collective behavior usually focus on how crowds of organisms coordinate their actions. But what if the individuals that don’t participate have just as much to tell us?
Anyons don’t fit into either of the two known particle kingdoms. To find them, physicists had to erase the third dimension.
Two ways of approximating the ultra-complicated math that governs quark particles have recently come into conflict, leaving physicists unsure what their decades-old theory predicts.
In the fight against viruses and other pathogens, scientists are looking beyond genes and proteins to the complex sugars, or glycans, on cell surfaces.
Physicists have proposed extra cosmic ingredients that could explain the faster-than-expected expansion of space.
The “pinball” model of a slipping fault line borrows from the mathematics of avalanches.