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CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS
 

Universal Quantum Speed Limit Found in Strange Metals

By  NATALIE WOLCHOVER

Experiments suggest that exotic superconducting materials share a “strange metal” state characterized by a quantum speed limit that somehow acts as a fundamental organizing principle.

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CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS
 

Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists

By  NATALIE WOLCHOVER

At super-low temperatures, a crystal called samarium hexaboride behaves in an unexplained, imagination-stretching way.

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CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS
 

The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity

By  NATALIE WOLCHOVER

Physicists have revealed details of a “quantum critical point” that underlies high-temperature superconductivity.

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ASTROPHYSICS
 

Galactic Beacons Get Snuffed Out in a Cosmic Eyeblink

By  SHANNON HALL

Quasars powered by supermassive black holes have been unexpectedly vanishing. Scientists have started to figure out why.

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ASTROPHYSICS
 

Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole

By  JOSHUA SOKOL

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EVOLUTION
 

Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?

By  JONATHAN LAMBERT

How does evolution select the fittest “individuals” when they are ecosystems made up of hosts and their microbiomes? Biologists debate the need to revise theories.

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EVOLUTION
 

Scientists Seek to Update Evolution

By  CARL ZIMMER

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Quanta Writers and Editors Discuss Big Ideas in Science and Math

On November 16, more than 200 readers joined writers and editors from Quanta Magazine for a panel discussion exploring the latest ideas in fundamental physics, biology and mathematics research.

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