Katia Moskvitch

Contributing Writer

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cell biology

‘Lava-Lamp’ Proteins May Help Cells Cheat Death

November 26, 2018

With proteins that reversibly self-assemble into droplets, cells may control their metabolism — and harden themselves against harsh conditions.

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Abstractions blog

A Short History of the Missing Universe

September 19, 2018

Astronomers have known where the universe’s missing matter has been hiding for the past 20 years. So why did it take so long to find it?

astrophysics

The Last of the Universe’s Ordinary Matter Has Been Found

September 10, 2018

For decades, astronomers weren’t able to find all of the atomic matter in the universe. A series of recent papers has revealed where it’s been hiding.

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astrophysics

Neutrinos Linked With Cosmic Source for the First Time

July 12, 2018

High-energy neutrinos have been traced back to a flaring supermassive black hole known as a blazar. The long-sought link opens the door to an entirely new way to study the universe.

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cognitive science

Slime Molds Remember — but Do They Learn?

July 9, 2018

Evidence mounts that organisms without nervous systems can in some sense learn and solve problems, but researchers disagree about whether this is “primitive cognition.”

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astrophysics

Troubled Times for Alternatives to Einstein’s Theory of Gravity

April 30, 2018

New observations of extreme astrophysical systems have “brutally and pitilessly murdered” attempts to replace Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

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Abstractions blog

Quantum Correlations Reverse Thermodynamic Arrow of Time

April 2, 2018

A recent experiment shows how quantum mechanics can make heat flow from a cold body to a hot one, an apparent (though not real) violation of the second law of thermodynamics.

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developmental biology

Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth

March 13, 2018

Researchers are building a case that long before the nervous system works, the brain sends crucial bioelectric signals to guide the growth of embryonic tissues.

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The Future of Quantum Computing

The Argument Against Quantum Computers

February 7, 2018

The mathematician Gil Kalai believes that quantum computers can’t possibly work, even in principle.

About the author

Katia Moskvitch is a science and technology journalist, based in London, and the editor in chief of Professional Engineering magazine. She has written about physics, astronomy and other topics for Nature, Science, Scientific American, The Economist, Nautilus, New Scientist, the BBC and other publications. An aerospace engineer by education with a masters in journalism, she is the author of the book Call me ‘Pops’: Le Bon Dieu Dans La Rue.