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MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS

 

New Math Proves That a Special Kind of Space-Time Is Unstable

By STEVE NADIS

Einstein's equations describe three canonical configurations of space-time. Now one of these three — important in the study of quantum gravity — has been shown to be inherently unstable.

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GENERAL RELATIVITY(2018)
 

Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes

By  KEVIN HARTNETT

Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general relativity.

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MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS(2019)
 

Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math

By NATALIE WOLCHOVER

Three physicists wanted to calculate how neutrinos change. They ended up discovering an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous objects in math.

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MICROBIOLOGY
 

Inside Deep Undersea Rocks, Life Thrives Without the Sun

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

Newly discovered worlds of microbes far beneath the ocean floor, inside old basaltic rocks, could point to a greater likelihood of life elsewhere in the universe.

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(2019)ECOLOGY

 

Heat-Loving Microbes, Once Dormant, Thrive Over Decades-Old Fire

By  CARRIE ARNOLD

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NUMBER THEORY
 

Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials

By  KEVIN HARTNETT

Vesselin Dimitrov's proof of the Schinzel-Zassenhaus conjecture quantifies the way special values of polynomials push each other apart.

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(2018)NUMBER THEORY

 

In the Universe of Equations, Virtually All Are Prime

By KEVIN HARTNETT

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

'Milestone' Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles

By  DANA NAJJAR

Anyons don't fit into either of the two known particle kingdoms. To find them, physicists had to erase the third dimension.

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QUANTIZED COLUMNS(2017)

 

Inside the Knotty World of 'Anyon' Particles

By FRANK WILCZEK

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ASK A SCIENTIST
 

Epidemiologist Tara Smith Answers Your Coronavirus Questions

Hosted by  TARA C. SMITH

Recently, infectious disease epidemiologist and Quanta columnist Dr. Tara C. Smith answered readers' questions about the COVID-19 epidemic and coronaviruses. The full Q&A and select highlights are posted on our YouTube channel. 

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