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theoretical physics

A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

September 17, 2013

Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental constituents of nature.

Physics

Physicists Close In on ‘Perfect’ Optical Lens

August 8, 2013

Researchers are making progress toward a “perfect lens” that will be able to resolve an organelle assembling a protein or a virus attacking a cell.

Q&A

In Pursuit of Quantum Biology

July 30, 2013

An interview with the Berkeley chemist K. Birgitta Whaley on the promise and challenge of translating quantum biology into practical quantum devices.

particle physics

In Hunt for Dark Matter, Promises to Keep?

July 18, 2013

Whispers of the elusive particles are becoming stronger with a series of signals that appear to be zeroing in on a leading contender.

string theory

A Strange Side to Nature

July 1, 2013

New findings suggest that beneath the surface of quantum theory lies a vibrant string theory world where some matter corresponds to black holes in higher dimensions.

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.

Q&A

Waiting for the Revolution

May 24, 2013

An interview with the Nobel Prize-winner David J. Gross on the confusing state of theoretical physics.

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.