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Physicists Aim to Classify All Possible Phases of Matter | Quanta Magazine

A complete classification could lead to a wealth of new materials and technologies. But some exotic phases continue to resist understanding.

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The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue | Quanta Magazine

For decades, an origin-of-life story starring RNA has prevailed. New research may be shaking that theory’s hold on our understanding of life’s beginnings.

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Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory | Quanta Magazine

Nobel laureate Susumu Tonegawa’s lab is overturning old assumptions about how memories form, how recall works and whether lost memories might be restored from

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String Theory’s Strange Second Life | Quanta Magazine

String theory has so far failed to live up to its promise as a way to unite gravity and quantum mechanics. At the same time, it has blossomed into one of the

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The Quantum Thermodynamics Revolution | Quanta Magazine

As physicists extend the 19th-century laws of thermodynamics to the quantum realm, they’re rewriting the relationships among energy, entropy and information.

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How Bacteria Help Regulate Blood Pressure | Quanta Magazine

Kidneys sniff out signals from gut bacteria for cues to moderate blood pressure after meals. Our understanding of how symbiotic microbes affect health is

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Edward Witten Ponders the Nature of Reality

Edward Witten reflects on the meaning of dualities in physics and math, emergent space-time, and the pursuit of a complete description of nature.

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Within quantum theory it makes perfect sense to combine the numbers of curves of all degrees into a single elegant function. A string can be thought to probe all possible curves of every possible degree at the same time and is thus a super-efficient “Quantum calculator.” In the realm of quantum theory, they share many […]

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Mathematicians Measure Infinities, Find They’re Equal | Quanta Magazine

Two mathematicians have proved that two different infinities are equal in size, settling a long-standing question. Their proof rests on a surprising link

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Deathblow Dealt to Dark Matter Disks | Quanta Magazine

New data tracking the movements of millions of Milky Way stars have effectively ruled out the presence of a “dark disk” that could have offered important clues

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Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes | Quanta Magazine

Physicists theorize that a new “traversable” kind of wormhole could resolve a baffling paradox and rescue information that falls into black holes.

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Genetic Struggles Within Cells May Create New Species | Quanta Magazine

Mitonuclear conflict — a struggle between the genes in a cell’s nucleus and its mitochondria — might sometimes split species in two.

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Do Neutrinos Explain Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry? | Quanta Magazine

A hint that neutrinos behave differently than antineutrinos suggests an answer to one the biggest questions in physics.

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In Newly Created Life-Form, a Major Mystery | Quanta Magazine

Scientists have created a synthetic organism that possesses only the genes it needs to survive. But they have no idea what roughly a third of those genes do.

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Variable Stars Have Strange Nonchaotic Attractors | Quanta Magazine

A chance astronomical discovery illuminates the thin divide between chaos and order.

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Building Codes for Bacterial Cities | Quanta Magazine

Hydrodynamics and competition guide the architectural design of biofilm fortresses.

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How the Hidden Higgs Could Reveal Our Universe’s Dark Sector | Quanta Magazine

The universe has not cooperated with physicists’ hopes. In desperation, many are looking for new ways to search for surprises at the Large Hadron Collider.

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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning | Quanta Magazine

A new idea is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn.

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What Sonic Black Holes Say About Real Ones | Quanta Magazine

Can a fluid analogue of a black hole point physicists toward the theory of quantum gravity, or is it a red herring?

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Scientists Unveil New Inventory of Universe’s Dark Contents | Quanta Magazine

The first major results from the Dark Energy Survey signal the start of a new era of cosmology.

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Scientists Unveil New Inventory of Universe’s Dark Contents | Quanta Magazine

The first major results from the Dark Energy Survey signal the start of a new era of cosmology.

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Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions | Quanta Magazine

An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.

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Strange Numbers Found in Particle Collisions | Quanta Magazine

An unexpected connection has emerged between the results of physics experiments and an important, seemingly unrelated set of numbers in pure mathematics.