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## Latest Articles

### How Quantum Physicists ‘Flipped Time’ (and How They Didn’t)

Two teams have made photons act as if time were simultaneously flowing in two directions. The experiments demonstrate a way to potentially boost the performance of quantum devices.

### Crucial Computer Program for Particle Physics at Risk of Obsolescence

Maintenance of the software that’s used for the hardest physics calculations rests almost entirely with a retiree. The situation reveals the problematic incentive structure of academia.

### Physicists Create a Holographic Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer

The unprecedented experiment explores the possibility that space-time somehow emerges from quantum information.

### Why This Universe? A New Calculation Suggests Our Cosmos Is Typical.

Two physicists have calculated that the universe has a higher entropy — and is therefore more likely — than alternative possible universes.

### Physicists Rewrite a Quantum Rule That Clashes With Our Universe

The past and the future are tightly linked in conventional quantum mechanics. Perhaps too tightly. A tweak to the theory could let quantum possibilities increase as space expands.

### Black Hole's Orbiting Ring of Light Could Encrypt Its Inner Secrets

Physicists have discovered that the ring of photons orbiting a black hole exhibits a special kind of symmetry, hinting at a deeper meaning.

### What Is Quantum Field Theory and Why Is It Incomplete?

Quantum field theory may be the most successful scientific theory of all time, but there’s reason to think it’s missing something. Steven Strogatz speaks with theoretical physicist David Tong about this enigmatic theory.

### How the Physics of Nothing Underlies Everything

The key to understanding the origin and fate of the universe may be a more complete understanding of the vacuum.

### Particle Physicists Puzzle Over a New Duality

A hidden link has been found between two seemingly unrelated particle collision outcomes. It’s the latest example of a mysterious web of mathematical connections between disparate theories of physics.