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Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.
A controversial new paper argues that universes with dark energy profiles like ours do not exist in the “landscape” of universes allowed by string theory.
Black holes occasionally reveal themselves when passing stars get ripped apart by their gravity. These tidal disruption events have created a new way for astronomers to map the hidden cosmos.
A quickly closed loophole has proved that the “great smoky dragon” of quantum mechanics may forever elude capture.
In the hunt for new fundamental particles, physicists have always had to make assumptions about how the particles will behave. New machine learning algorithms don’t.
New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”