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# Abstractions blog

## Latest Articles

### Sugary Camouflage on Coronavirus Offers Vaccine Clues

In the fight against viruses and other pathogens, scientists are looking beyond genes and proteins to the complex sugars, or glycans, on cell surfaces.

### Math After COVID-19

Modern mathematics relies on collaboration and travel. COVID-19 is making it increasingly difficult.

### What Might Be Speeding Up the Universe’s Expansion?

Physicists have proposed extra cosmic ingredients that could explain the faster-than-expected expansion of space.

### Why Are Black Holes So Bright?

And why is the black hole at the center of our own galaxy so dim?

### New Earthquake Math Predicts How Destructive They’ll Be

The “pinball” model of a slipping fault line borrows from the mathematics of avalanches.

### John Conway Solved Mathematical Problems With His Bare Hands

The legendary mathematician, who died on April 11, was curious, colorful and one of the greatest problem-solvers of his generation.

### Neutrino Asymmetry Passes Critical Threshold

The first official evidence of a key imbalance between neutrinos and antineutrinos provides one of the best clues for why the universe contains something rather than nothing.

### Graced With Knowledge, Mathematicians Seek to Understand

A landmark proof in computer science has also solved an important problem called the Connes embedding conjecture. Mathematicians are working to understand it.

### To Make the Perfect Mirror, Physicists Confront the Mystery of Glass

Sometimes a mirror that reflects 99.9999% of light isn’t good enough.