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<p>Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.</p>
Multimedia

Journey to the Birth of the Solar System

Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.

<p>To assess the ocean’s health, ecology’s “rugged individualists” learned to get with the big data program.</p>
Abstractions blog

Awash in Sea of Data, Ecologists Turn to Open Access Tools

To assess the ocean’s health, ecology’s “rugged individualists” learned to get with the big data program.

<p>Juggling has advanced enormously in recent decades, thanks in part to the mathematical study of possible patterns.</p>
Abstractions blog

The Mathematics of Juggling

Juggling has advanced enormously in recent decades, thanks in part to the mathematical study of possible patterns.

<p>Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head. </p>
cognitive science

The Thoughts of a Spiderweb

Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head.

<p>A series of observations at the very edge of the universe has reignited a debate over what lifted the primordial cosmic fog.</p>
astrophysics

Discoveries Fuel Fight Over Universe’s First Light

A series of observations at the very edge of the universe has reignited a debate over what lifted the primordial cosmic fog.

<p>Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin. To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry.</p>
Q&A

A Defense of the Reality of Time

Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin. To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry.

<p>A new paper claims that a common digital security system could be tweaked to withstand attacks even from a powerful quantum computer.</p>
Abstractions blog

Why Quantum Computers Might Not Break Cryptography

A new paper claims that a common digital security system could be tweaked to withstand attacks even from a powerful quantum computer.

<p>Answering three questions can help reveal how the “inheritance of acquired characteristic” fits into modern evolutionary theory. </p>
insights puzzle

Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?

Answering three questions can help reveal how the “inheritance of acquired characteristic” fits into modern evolutionary theory.

<p>A system of seven Earth-like exoplanets appeared to be unstable. Now their orbits have been rewritten in the music of the spheres.</p>
Abstractions blog

Exoplanet Puzzle Cracked by Jazz Musicians

A system of seven Earth-like exoplanets appeared to be unstable. Now their orbits have been rewritten in the music of the spheres.