Natalie Wolchover

Senior Writer/Editor

cosmology

Lopsided Map Offers Clues to Big Bang

June 24, 2013

Theoretical cosmologists are piecing together a cosmic origin story from a surprising anomaly in the recently released Planck satellite image.

theoretical physics

Is Nature Unnatural?

May 24, 2013

Decades of confounding experiments have physicists considering a startling possibility: The universe might not make sense.

time

Perpetual Motion Test Could Amend Theory of Time

April 25, 2013

A radical theory predicting the existence of “time crystals” — perpetual motion objects that break the symmetry of time — is being put to the test.

climate science

The Ocean’s Dynamic Role in Climate Change

April 11, 2013

New data collected by mathematicians and oceanographers in the frigid waters of the Southern Ocean could dramatically improve climate models.

Physics

Solid or Liquid? Physicists Redefine States of Matter

April 3, 2013

Glass and other strange materials have long confounded textbook definitions of what it means to be solid. Now, two groups of physicists propose a new solution to the riddle.

networks

Treading Softly in a Connected World

March 18, 2013

In an increasingly interconnected world, scientists are seeking safeguards against catastrophic cascades of failure like stock market crashes and widespread blackouts.

cosmology

Peering Into the Early Universe

March 7, 2013

Three “extremely large telescopes” poised to begin observations within a decade could help answer some of the universe’s oldest and best-kept secrets.

algorithms

In Computers We Trust?

February 22, 2013

As the role of computers in pure mathematics grows, researchers debate their reliability.

universality

In Mysterious Pattern, Math and Nature Converge

February 5, 2013

All complex correlated systems, from Arctic melt ponds to the Internet, appear to be governed by the same math as a random matrix.