For decades, researchers believed that violent supernovas forged gold and other heavy elements. But many now argue for a different cosmic quarry.
A simple analogue could offer insights into one of the most astonishing results of quantum mechanics.
Top women in mathematics and physics discuss how they got to where they are — and why there aren’t more of them.
Computational physicist Sharon Glotzer is uncovering the rules by which complex collective phenomena emerge from simple building blocks.
A new class of quantum particle is about to emerge from the tangled considerations of quantum statistics.
A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.
Can balloon animals help blunt uneasy feelings about “spooky action at a distance”?
Physicists are closing the door on an intriguing loophole around the quantum phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”
When do negative results from a half-life experiment mean a theory is dead?
Life was long thought to obey its own set of rules. But as simple systems show signs of lifelike behavior, scientists are arguing about whether this apparent complexity is all a consequence of thermodynamics.