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How Our Universe Could Emerge as a Hologram

Physicists have devised a holographic model of “de Sitter space,” the term for a universe like ours, that could give us new clues about the origin of space and time.

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Möbius Strips Defy a Link With Infinity

A new proof shows why an uncountably infinite number of Möbius strips will never fit into a three-dimensional space.

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New Squid Genome Shines Light on Symbiotic Evolution

Researchers hope that the genes of a glowing squid can illuminate how animals evolved organs for beneficial bacteria.

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How to Find Simple Treasures in Complex Numbers

In spite of their name, “imaginary” numbers are as real as any other numbers, especially when it comes to hunting for lost treasure.

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quantum physics

Mysterious Quantum Rule Reconstructed From Scratch

The new work promises to give researchers a better grip on the core mystery of quantum mechanics.

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neuroscience

How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past

The brain can’t directly encode the passage of time, but recent work hints at a workaround for putting timestamps on memories of events.

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Smaller Is Better: Why Finite Number Systems Pack More Punch

Recent progress on the “sum product” problem recalls a celebrated mathematical result that revealed the power of miniature number systems.

A row of skulls ending with homo sapiens, foreground, found at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Human Origins.
Abstractions blog

Artificial Intelligence Finds Ancient ‘Ghosts’ in Modern DNA

With the help of deep learning techniques, paleoanthropologists find evidence of long-lost branches on the human family tree.

number theory

How a Strange Grid Reveals Hidden Connections Between Simple Numbers

A graduate student has helped illuminate a long-suspected connection between addition and multiplication.