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Theories of Everything, Mapped

August 3, 2015

Explore the deepest mysteries at the frontier of fundamental physics, and the most promising ideas put forth to solve them.


The Fuzzball Fix for a Black Hole Paradox

June 23, 2015

By replacing black holes with fuzzballs — dense, star-like objects from string theory — researchers think they can avoid some knotty paradoxes at the edge of physics.

The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

Interactive: What Is Space?

April 30, 2015

Imagine the fabric of space-time peeled back layer by layer.

The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

How Quantum Pairs Stitch Space-Time

April 28, 2015

New tools may reveal how quantum information builds the structure of space.

The Quantum Fabric of Space-Time

Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

April 24, 2015

A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information.

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In Fake Universes, Evidence for String Theory

February 18, 2015

If string theorists can show that their framework is the only consistent theory of quantum gravity, does that make it true even without tangible evidence?

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Possible Echo of Big Bang Detected

March 17, 2014

Scientists report the possible discovery of primordial gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that carry a record of how the universe began.

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Betting on the Future of Quantum Gravity

March 14, 2014

New calculations suggest physicists may someday discover a fundamental theory of gravity, but it could require a radical new perspective on the universe.

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Physicists Eye Quantum-Gravity Interface

October 31, 2013

Physicists have devised experiments that can probe the interface between quantum mechanics and general relativity.