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Decades after a Tanzanian teenager initiated study of the “Mpemba effect,” the effort to confirm or refute it is leading physicists toward new theories about how substances relax to equilibrium.
The second law of thermodynamics is among the most sacred in all of science, but it has always rested on 19th century arguments about probability. New arguments trace its true source to the flows of quantum information.
A mathematical model shows how a thermodynamic mechanism could have made protocells split in two.
The thorny thought experiment has been turned into a real experiment — one that physicists use to probe the physics of information.
Unusual proteins that can quickly fold into different shapes provide cells with a novel regulatory mechanism.
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