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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.


Lopsided Map Offers Clues to Big Bang

Theoretical cosmologists are piecing together a cosmic origin story from a surprising anomaly in the recently released Planck satellite image.

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Is Nature Unnatural?

Decades of confounding experiments have physicists considering a startling possibility: The universe might not make sense.


Waiting for the Revolution

An interview with the Nobel Prize-winner David J. Gross on the confusing state of theoretical physics.


Alice and Bob Meet the Wall of Fire

If a new hypothesis about black hole firewalls proves correct, at least one of three cherished notions in theoretical physics must be wrong.