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Deep in the mantle, a branching plume of intensely hot material appears to be the engine powering vast volcanic activity.
For over two decades, physicists have pondered how the fabric of space-time may emerge from some kind of quantum entanglement. In Monika Schleier-Smith’s lab at Stanford University, the thought experiment is becoming real.
The five-decade-old paradox — long thought key to linking quantum theory with Einstein’s theory of gravity — is falling to a new generation of thinkers. Netta Engelhardt is leading the way.
By showing that even large objects can exhibit bizarre quantum behaviors, physicists hope to illuminate the mystery of quantum collapse, identify the quantum nature of gravity, and perhaps even make Schrödinger’s cat a reality.
The unambiguous discovery of a Wigner crystal relied on a novel technique for probing the insides of complex materials.
When Steven Weinberg died last month, the world lost one of its most profound thinkers.
Brown dwarfs such as “The Accident” are illuminating the murky borderlands that separate planets from stars.
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