Jennifer Ouellette

Contributing Writer

<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>The ancient creatures who first crawled onto land may have been lured by the informational benefit that comes from seeing through air.</p>
evolution

Why Did Life Move to Land? For the View

The ancient creatures who first crawled onto land may have been lured by the informational benefit that comes from seeing through air.

<p>A new theory explains how fragile quantum states may be able to exist for hours or even days in our warm, wet brain. Experiments should soon test the idea.</p>
neuroscience

A New Spin on the Quantum Brain

A new theory explains how fragile quantum states may be able to exist for hours or even days in our warm, wet brain. Experiments should soon test the idea.

<p>Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.</p>
complex systems

The New Laws of Explosive Networks

Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.

<p>By replacing black holes with fuzzballs — dense, star-like objects from string theory — researchers think they can avoid some knotty paradoxes at the edge of physics.</p>
Physics

The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox

By replacing black holes with fuzzballs — dense, star-like objects from string theory — researchers think they can avoid some knotty paradoxes at the edge of physics.

<p>New tools may reveal how quantum information builds the structure of space.</p>
The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

How Quantum Pairs Stitch Space-Time

New tools may reveal how quantum information builds the structure of space.

<p>Early in cosmic history, our universe may have bumped into another — a primordial clash that could have left traces in the Big Bang’s afterglow.</p>
Infinity and Beyond: The Ultimate Test

Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky

Early in cosmic history, our universe may have bumped into another — a primordial clash that could have left traces in the Big Bang’s afterglow.

<p>Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance.</p>
neuroscience

A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind

Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance.

<p>The nature of computing has changed dramatically over the last decade, and more innovation is needed to weather the gathering data storm.</p>
Data Driven: The New Big Science

The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

The nature of computing has changed dramatically over the last decade, and more innovation is needed to weather the gathering data storm.

About the author

Jennifer Ouellette is a freelance writer and an author of popular science books, including “Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self.” Her work has also appeared in Discover, New Scientist, Smithsonian, Nature, Physics Today, Physics World, Slate and Salon, and she maintains a blog, Cocktail Party Physics, at Scientific American.