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### The Age of Interstellar Visitors

As astronomers get better at finding the comets and asteroids of other stars, they’ll learn more about the universe and our place in it.

### Why I’m Hosting *The Joy of x* Podcast

The noted mathematician and author Steven Strogatz explains why he wanted to share intimate conversations with leading researchers from diverse fields in his new podcast.

### How Simple Math Can Cover Even the Most Complex Holes

No one knows how to find the smallest shape that can cover all other shapes of a certain width. But high school geometry is getting us closer to an answer.

### How to Permanently End Diseases

Smallpox was eradicated relatively quickly, but other diseases have proved harder to eliminate. The reasons are a mix of biology and psychology.

### Why the Sum of Three Cubes Is a Hard Math Problem

Looking for answers in infinite space is hard. High school math can help narrow your search.

### Why I Called It ‘Quantum Supremacy’

Researchers finally seem to have a quantum computer that can outperform a classical computer. But what does that really mean?

### On Your Mark, Get Set, Multiply

The way you learned to multiply works, but computers employ a faster algorithm.

### Where Quantum Probability Comes From

There are many different ways to think about probability. Quantum mechanics embodies them all.

### Ann Nelson Took On the Biggest Problems in Physics

The theoretical particle physicist Ann Nelson, who died on August 4 at age 61, was a font of brilliant ideas and a champion of ending discrimination in the field.