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2018 in Review

The Year in Physics

The field of fundamental physics is experiencing both a period of confusion and an openness to new ideas.

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Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster

In a Paris lab, researchers have shown for the first time that quantum methods of transmitting information are superior to classical ones.


The Woman Who Gets Called When a Piece of Mars Falls From the Sky

Planetary geologist Meenakshi Wadhwa uses Martian meteorites to trace the history of our solar system.

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New Studies Rescue Gravitational-Wave Signal From the Noise

Two independent papers vanquish lingering doubts about LIGO’s historic discovery of gravitational waves.

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Why Black Hole Interiors Grow (Almost) Forever

The renowned physicist Leonard Susskind has identified a possible quantum origin for the ever-growing volume of black holes.

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On the Best Use of Science to Safeguard Humanity

For 50 years, the astrophysicist Martin Rees has contributed to our understanding of cosmology. Now he is speaking up about the promise and potential dangers of the science and technology that will arrive over the next 50 years and beyond.

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New Quantum Paradox Clarifies Where Our Views of Reality Go Wrong

The Frauchiger-Renner thought experiment has shaken up the world of quantum foundations.


A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’

Simple physical principles can be used to describe how rivers grow everywhere from Florida to Mars.

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A Collector of Math and Physics Surprises

Tadashi Tokieda discovers new physical phenomena by looking at the everyday world with the eyes of a child.