Jennifer Ouellette

Contributing Writer

Physics

The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox

June 23, 2015

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.

The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

How Quantum Pairs Stitch Space-Time

April 28, 2015

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

Reaching for the Multiverse
Infinity and Beyond: The Ultimate Test

Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky

November 10, 2014

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.

neuroscience

A Fundamental Theory to Model the Mind

April 3, 2014

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.

Data Driven: The New Big Science

The Future Fabric of Data Analysis

October 9, 2013

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

Data Driven: The New Big Science

The Mathematical Shape of Things to Come

October 4, 2013

Scientific data sets are becoming more dynamic, requiring new mathematical techniques on par with the invention of calculus.

particle physics

In Hunt for Dark Matter, Promises to Keep?

July 18, 2013

Whispers of the elusive particles are becoming stronger with a series of signals that appear to be zeroing in on a leading contender.

developmental biology

Biologists Home in on Turing Patterns

March 25, 2013

New research has prompted a resurgence of interest in the patterning mechanisms Alan Turing proposed 60 years ago.

Physics

Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire

December 21, 2012

If a new hypothesis about black hole firewalls proves correct, at least one of three cherished notions in theoretical physics must be wrong.