Natalie Wolchover

Senior Writer/Editor

quantum computing

Classical Computing Embraces Quantum Ideas

December 18, 2012

Computer scientists are finding that “thinking quantumly” can lead to new insights into long-standing problems in classical computer science, mathematics and cryptography, regardless of whether quantum computers ever materialize.

astrophysics

A Primordial Nucleus Behind the Elements of Life

December 4, 2012

Using supercomputers and new mathematical techniques, physicists are working to reveal how the Hoyle state atomic nucleus gives rise to the light elements that enable life, and how it drives the evolution of stars.

LHC tunnel
supersymmetry

As Supersymmetry Fails Tests, Physicists Seek New Ideas

November 20, 2012

As the elegant theory of supersymmetry continues to fail experimental tests, physicists debate whether to change course and what the future holds for particle physics.