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David Spergel
Q&A

A Bold Critic of the Big Bang’s ‘Smoking Gun’

July 3, 2014

The cosmologist David Spergel explains why a widely publicized gravitational-wave discovery could be wrong, and how the “overreaching” study could affect the public’s perception of science.

Q&A

Early-Universe Explorer Looks for Answers

July 3, 2014

Chao-Lin Kuo, who helped design the experiment that claimed to have found evidence of gravitational waves from the Big Bang, isn’t bothered by criticism that cosmic dust may account for his results.

Boucing droplet
quantum physics

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

June 24, 2014

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.

evolution

The Game Theory of Life

June 18, 2014

An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.

Physics

In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos

June 13, 2014

When scientists traced a museum rock back to its origins, they uncovered mysteries about the early solar system.

Nasonia wasp wings.
evolution

Evolving With a Little Help From Our Friends

June 4, 2014

A new theory suggests that cooperation between a host and its microbes may be a significant evolutionary force.

Efimov trimers.
particle physics

Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes

May 27, 2014

Three groups of experimentalists have independently observed a strange state of matter that forms from three particles of any type and at any scale, from practically infinitesimal to infinite.

Fluorescence
Biology

Inside the Din, Cells Fight Noise With Noise

May 22, 2014

Is the random noise inside a cell a nuisance, or have cells evolved ways to put it to work?

quantum computing

Forging a Qubit to Rule Them All

May 15, 2014

A scientist at Bell Labs has started construction of a topological qubit, which could be the building block of a robust, scalable quantum computer.