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# Physics

## Latest Articles

### Mathematicians Prove 2D Version of Quantum Gravity Really Works

In three towering papers, a team of mathematicians has worked out the details of Liouville quantum field theory, a two-dimensional model of quantum gravity.

### The Materials Scientist Who Studies the Innards of Exoplanets

Federica Coppari uses the world’s most powerful laser to recreate the cores of distant worlds.

### Graphene Superconductors May Be Less Exotic Than Physicists Hoped

Superconductivity has been discovered in graphene devices without any twists, suggesting the form of superconductivity in the material might be mundane after all.

### The Mystery at the Heart of Physics That Only Math Can Solve

The accelerating effort to understand the mathematics of quantum field theory will have profound consequences for both math and physics.

### Astronomers Find Secret Planet-Making Ingredient: Magnetic Fields

Scientists have long struggled to understand how common planets form. A new supercomputer simulation shows that the missing ingredient may be magnetism.

### A Burp or a Blast? Seismic Signals Reveal the Volcanic Eruption to Come

Scientists have begun to decipher the subtle signs that reveal how explosive a volcanic eruption is going to be.

### Squishy Neutron Star Setback Dampens Hopes of Exotic Matter

Groundbreaking results show that neutron stars of different masses may have the same size — upending astrophysical models.

### Physicists Identify the Engine Powering Black Hole Energy Beams

Supermassive black holes emit jets of white-hot plasma that stretch thousands of light-years across the cosmos. For the first time, researchers have identified what’s creating these jets.

### New Black Hole Math Closes Cosmic Blind Spot

A mathematical shortcut for analyzing black hole collisions works even in cases where it shouldn’t. As astronomers use it to search for new classes of hidden black holes, others wonder: Why?