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A Chemist Shines Light on a Surprising Prime Number Pattern

May 14, 2018

When a crystallographer treated prime numbers as a system of particles, the resulting diffraction pattern created a new view of existing conjectures in number theory.

universality

A Bird’s-Eye View of Nature’s Hidden Order

July 12, 2016

Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random.

Abstractions blog

A Quasicrystal’s Shocking Origin

July 8, 2016

By blasting a stack of minerals with a four-meter-long gun, scientists have found a new clue about the backstory of a very strange rock.

Physics

In a Grain, a Glimpse of the Cosmos

June 13, 2014

When scientists traced a museum rock back to its origins, they uncovered mysteries about the early solar system.

Physics

Solid or Liquid? Physicists Redefine States of Matter

April 3, 2013

Glass and other strange materials have long confounded textbook definitions of what it means to be solid. Now, two groups of physicists propose a new solution to the riddle.