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Artists impression of AGN driven outflows from a dwarf galaxy
Abstractions blog

Big Black Holes Found in the Smallest Galaxies

Tiny, dim “dwarf” galaxies have been found to hide gas-spewing black holes.

quantum physics

Quantum Darwinism, an Idea to Explain Objective Reality, Passes First Tests

Three experiments have vetted quantum Darwinism, a theory that explains how quantum possibilities can give rise to objective, classical reality.

Abstractions blog

Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

Researchers are getting close to building a quantum computer that can perform tasks a classical computer can’t. Here’s what the milestone will mean.

planetary science

Wandering Space Rocks Help Solve Mysteries of Planet Formation

After an interstellar asteroid shot past the sun, scientists realized that there’s probably a lot of itinerant rocks out there.

Abstractions blog

How (Relatively) Simple Symmetries Underlie Our Expanding Universe

Although Einstein’s theory of space-time seems more complicated than Newtonian physics, it greatly simplified the mathematical description of the universe.

Abstractions blog

The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement

A recent test has confirmed the predictions of quantum trajectory theory.

Q&A

How to Understand the Universe When You’re Stuck Inside of It

Lee Smolin’s radical idea to reimagine how we view the universe.

symmetry

The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries

Lurking behind Einstein’s theory of gravity and our modern understanding of particle physics is the deceptively simple idea of symmetry. But physicists are beginning to question whether focusing on symmetry is still as productive as it once was.

Abstractions blog

Philosophers Debate New ‘Sonic Black Hole’ Discovery

Opinions differ about what recent measurements of a sound-trapping fluid reveal about light-trapping black holes.