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COSMOLOGY
 

Physicists Debate Hawking’s Idea That the Universe Had No Beginning

By  NATALIE WOLCHOVER

A recent paper challenging Stephen Hawking’s biggest idea — about how the universe might have come from nothing — has cosmologists choosing sides.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG(2018)
 

Hawking’s Black Hole Puzzle Keeps Puzzling

By  JENNIFER OUELLETTE 

The renowned British physicist, who died at 76, left behind a riddle that could lead his successors to the theory of quantum gravity.

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COSMOLOGY(2018)
 

How the Universe Got Its Bounce Back

By  NATALIE WOLCHOVER

Cosmologists have resuscitated an old idea that directly challenges the Big Bang theory of cosmic origins.

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QUANTUM PHYSICS

 

Quantum Leaps, Long Assumed to Be Instantaneous, Take Time

By  PHILIP BALL

An experiment caught a quantum system in the middle of a jump — something the originators of quantum mechanics assumed was impossible.

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QUANTUM PHYSICS
 

Mysterious Quantum Rule Reconstructed From Scratch

By  PHILIP BALL

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QUANTIZED COLUMNS

 

Why the Proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem Doesn’t Need to Be Enhanced

By  MICHAEL HARRIS

Decades after the landmark proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, ideas abound for how to make it even more reliable. But such efforts reflect a deep misunderstanding of what makes the proof so important.

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The Subtle Art of the Mathematical Conjecture

By  ROBBERT DIJKGRAAF

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG

 

Immune Cells Measure Time to Identify Foreign Proteins

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

Immunologists confirm an old hunch: T-cells identify what belongs in the body by timing how long they can bind to it.

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NEUROSCIENCE
 

Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory

By  ELIZABATH SVOBODA

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PODCAST

 

To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

Researchers find evidence that neural systems actively remove memories, which suggests that forgetting may be the default mode of the brain.

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