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number theory

Mathematicians Chase Moonshine’s Shadow

Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory.


Strange Stars Pulse to the Golden Mean

Nature has revealed peculiar mathematical objects that connect order and chaos.

particle physics

In LHC’s Shadow, America’s Collider Awakens

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider fired up for its 15th run to take a deeper look at the building blocks of atoms.

theoretical physics

In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory

If string theorists can show that their framework is the only consistent theory of quantum gravity, does that make it true even without tangible evidence?


Joint Dust Analysis Deflates Big Bang Signal

No definitive evidence for cosmic inflation is found, but support remains strong for the theory even as critics highlight its shortcomings as an explanation for how and why the universe began.


Quantum Computing Without Qubits

A quantum computing pioneer explains why the near future of quantum computation may lie in simulators, not general-purpose quantum machines.


Scientists Conjure Curves From Flatness

Researchers have found a set of rules for imbuing flat surfaces with curvature, enabling them to form a virtually unlimited range of three-dimensional structures.

Computer Science

A Common Logic to Seeing Cats and Cosmos

New research suggests physicists, computers and brains employ the same procedure to tease out important features from among other irrelevant bits of data.

Reaching for the Multiverse
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.