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Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.
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Journey to the Birth of the Solar System

Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.

A series of observations at the very edge of the universe has reignited a debate over what lifted the primordial cosmic fog.
astrophysics

Discoveries Fuel Fight Over Universe’s First Light

A series of observations at the very edge of the universe has reignited a debate over what lifted the primordial cosmic fog.

Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin. To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry.
Q&A

A Defense of the Reality of Time

Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin. To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry.

A system of seven Earth-like exoplanets appeared to be unstable. Now their orbits have been rewritten in the music of the spheres.
Abstractions blog

Exoplanet Puzzle Cracked by Jazz Musicians

A system of seven Earth-like exoplanets appeared to be unstable. Now their orbits have been rewritten in the music of the spheres.

The new experiments suggest that simple models can explain the behavior of thousands of interacting organisms.
biophysics

Swirling Bacteria Linked to the Physics of Phase Transitions

The new experiments suggest that simple models can explain the behavior of thousands of interacting organisms.

As physicists extend the 19th-century laws of thermodynamics to the quantum realm, they’re rewriting the relationships among energy, entropy and information.
information theory

The Quantum Thermodynamics Revolution

As physicists extend the 19th-century laws of thermodynamics to the quantum realm, they’re rewriting the relationships among energy, entropy and information.

Angela Olinto’s new balloon experiment takes her one step closer to the unknown source of the most energetic particles in the universe.
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A Cosmic-Ray Hunter Takes to the Sky

Angela Olinto’s new balloon experiment takes her one step closer to the unknown source of the most energetic particles in the universe.

After a surprise discovery, astrophysicists are racing to understand superenergetic flashes of radio waves that sometimes beep out from distant galaxies.
astrophysics

A Cosmic Burst Repeats, Deepen­ing a Mystery

After a surprise discovery, astrophysicists are racing to understand superenergetic flashes of radio waves that sometimes beep out from distant galaxies.

In order to fully understand the quantum world, we may have to develop a new realm of mathematics.
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Quantum Questions Inspire New Math

In order to fully understand the quantum world, we may have to develop a new realm of mathematics.