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Helen Quinn: A Wormhole Between Physics and Education
Helen Quinn has blazed a singular path from the early days of the Standard Model to the latest overhaul of science education in the United States.
Pencils Down: Mike Zitolo of School of the Future
Pencils Down: Soni Midha of East Side Community High School
Pencils Down: Channa Comer of Baychester Middle School
Pencils Down: Aaron Mathieu of Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Pencils Down: Channa Comer Teaching About Scientific Controls
Pencils Down: The Art of Teaching Math and Science
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How to Build a Telescope to See the Early Universe
Cynthia Chiang describes the experiments she hopes will illuminate the early universe.
When Computers Write Proofs, What’s the Point of Mathematicians?
Andrew Granville muses on how artificial intelligence could profoundly change math.
Can a New Law of Physics Explain a Black Hole Paradox?
Leonard Susskind and collaborators set out to understand why black hole interiors grow forever. They ended up proposing a new law of physics.
How a Computer Broke a 50-Year Math Record
DeepMind researchers trained an AI system called AlphaTensor to find new, faster algorithms for matrix multiplication. AlphaTensor quickly rediscovered — and surpassed, for some cases — the reigning algorithm discovered by German mathematician Volker Strassen in 1969.
She Tracks Wildlife eDNA on Everest and in the Andes
Tracie Seimon of the WCS’s Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory describes her biodiversity research, which is based on eDNA — DNA collected from the environment.