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At Multiverse Impasse, a New Theory of Scale

Physicists have begun to explore the idea that mass and length may not be fundamental properties of nature. The hypothesis could help to avoid the conclusion that our world is just a weird bubble in an endlessly foaming multiverse.

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Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.

Efimov trimers.

Physicists Prove Surprising Rule of Threes

Three groups of experimentalists have independently observed a strange state of matter that forms from three particles of any type and at any scale, from practically infinitesimal to infinite.

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Forging a Qubit to Rule Them All

A scientist at Bell Labs has started construction of a topological qubit, which could be the building block of a robust, scalable quantum computer.

The arrow of time.

Time’s Arrow Traced to Quantum Source

A new theory explains the seemingly irreversible arrow of time while yielding insights into entropy, quantum computers, black holes, and the past-future divide.

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Betting on the Future of Quantum Gravity

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

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

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A Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental constituents of nature.


In Pursuit of Quantum Biology

An interview with the Berkeley chemist K. Birgitta Whaley on the promise and challenge of translating quantum biology into practical quantum devices.