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Timelapse video of view from bridge of an icebreaker moving through Arctic sea ice.

CLIMATE SCIENCE
 

The Voyage to the End of Ice

By SHANNON HALL

Arctic ice is disappearing — the question is how fast. Summer sea ice could endure 100 more years, or it could vanish later this decade, with disastrous consequences for the rest of the planet. To nail down the answer, an expedition to the top of the world has to untangle the knotty physics of ice.

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Red, cloudless sky with bright sun.

CLIMATE SCIENCE(2019)
 

A World Without Clouds

By NATALIE WOLCHOVER 

A state-of-the-art supercomputer simulation indicates that a feedback loop between global warming and cloud loss can push Earth's climate past a disastrous tipping point in as little as a century.

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Exploded cutaway of Neptune showing superionic ice layers.

CHEMISTRY(2019)
 

Black, Hot Ice May Be Nature's Most Common Form of Water

By JOSHUA SOKOL 

A new experiment confirms the existence of a bizarre form of water that might comprise the bulk of giant icy planets. 

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Micrograph of stained cortical neuron showing many dendrites.

NEUROSCIENCE
 

Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons

By JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

The dendritic arms of some human neurons can perform logic operations that once seemed to require whole neural networks.

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NEUROSCIENCE(2017)
 

Infant Brains Reveal How the Mind Gets Built

By COURTNEY HUMPHRIES

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

For Fluid Equations, a Steady Flow of Progress

By KEVIN HARTNETT

A startling experimental discovery about how fluids behave started a wave of important mathematical proofs.

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FLUID DYNAMICS(2019)

 

Famous Fluid Equations Spring a Leak

By KEVIN HARTNETT

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QUANTIZED COLUMNS
 

Why I'm Hosting The Joy of x Podcast

By STEVEN STROGATZ

The noted mathematician and author Steven Strogatz explains why he wanted to share intimate conversations with leading researchers from diverse fields in his new Quanta Magazine podcast.

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QUANTIZED COLUMNS(2019)
 

Usain Bolt's Split Times and the Power of Calculus

By STEVEN STROGATZ

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PODCAST
 

How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science

Podcast by SUSAN VALOT; Article by DAN FALK

The latest AI algorithms are probing the evolution of galaxies, calculating quantum wave functions, discovering new chemical compounds and more. Is there anything that scientists do that can't be automated? 

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