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In the drive to safeguard data from future quantum computers, cryptographers have stumbled upon a thin red line between security and efficiency.
The physicist James Bullock explains how a complicated “dark sector” of interacting particles may illuminate some puzzling observations of the centers of galaxies.
Did the minerals on our planet arise in a predictable fashion, or did they result from chance events? The answers could eventually help scientists identify planets likely to harbor life.
Explore the deepest mysteries at the frontier of fundamental physics, and the most promising ideas put forth to solve them.
A 115-year effort to bridge the particle and fluid descriptions of nature has led mathematicians to an unexpected answer.
Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.
At super-low temperatures, a crystal called samarium hexaboride behaves in an unexplained, imagination-stretching way.
Scientists haven’t tested the Big Bang’s light for a revealing shift in 25 years. A new experiment aims to change that.
By replacing black holes with fuzzballs — dense, star-like objects from string theory — researchers think they can avoid some knotty paradoxes at the edge of physics.
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