How to Win a Nobel Prize

In the last 30 years there have been no big breakthroughs in our knowledge of physics and the world that we live in. Despite the media attention surrounding the detection of Gravitational Waves, the exposure of the Higgs Boson at CERN and the Hubble space telescope evidence for the expansion of the universe twenty years earlier, all of these discoveries were merely confirmations of predictions that had been mainstream scientific…

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First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how order can arise from nothing. …

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Building Codes for Bacterial Cities

Hydrodynamics and competition guide the architectural design of biofilm fortresses. …

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The Beautiful Mathematical Explorations of Maryam Mirzakhani

After her untimely death, Maryam Mirzakhani’s life is best remembered through her work. …

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Kaisa Matomäki Dreams of Primes

Kaisa Matomäki has proved that properties of prime numbers over long intervals hold over short intervals as well. The techniques she uses have transformed the study of these elusive numbers. …

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The Illuminating Geometry of Viruses

Mathematical insights into how RNA helps viruses pull together their protein shells could guide future studies of viral behavior and function. …

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In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium

John Nash’s notion of equilibrium is ubiquitous in economic theory, but a new study shows that it is often impossible to reach efficiently. …

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Eva Silverstein’s Spirals and Strings

Daily bike rides, serendipitous interactions and long periods of solo thinking inspire this string cosmologist. …

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This is the Strangest Idea Ever for a Spacecraft Propulsion System: Ferrofluids

A new study from Michigan Tech presents a new concept for small satellite propulsion, one which relies on magnetically-activated fluids to generate thrust.
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Missing Mutations Suggest a Reason for Sex

Sex might help natural selection purge excessive mistakes from our genes. …

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