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What Is Time? A History of Physics, Biology, Clocks and Culture.

By  DAN FALK; Illustrations by ELEANOR LUTZ and OLENA SHMAHALO

The human mind has long grappled with the elusive nature of time: what it is, how to record it, how it regulates life, and whether it exists as a fundamental building block of the universe. This timeline traces our evolving understanding of time through a history of observations.

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COSMOLOGY(2016)
 

A Debate Over the Physics of Time

By DAN FALK

Our best theories suggest that the universe is fixed and time only appears to pass. Yet some physicists hope to replace this "block universe" with a physical theory of time.

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UNIVERSALITY(2019)
 

The Universal Law That Aims Time's Arrow

By NATALIE WOLCHOVER

A new look at a ubiquitous phenomenon has uncovered unexpected fractal behavior that could give us clues about the early universe and the arrow of time.

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ABSTRACTIONS BLOG
 

What Goes On in a Proton? Quark Math Still Conflicts With Experiments.

By  CHARLIE WOOD

Two ways of approximating the ultra-complicated math that governs quark particles have recently come into conflict, leaving physicists unsure what their decades-old theory predicts.

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Why Do Matter Particles Come in Threes? A Physics Titan Weighs In.

By  CHARLIE WOOD

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Sugary Camouflage on Coronavirus Offers Vaccine Clues

By  JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

In the fight against viruses and other pathogens, scientists are looking beyond genes and proteins to the complex sugars, or glycans, on cell surfaces.

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QUANTIZED COLUMNS

 

The Animal Origins of Coronavirus and Flu

By  TARA C. SMITH

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QUANTIZED ACADEMY
 

To Win This Numbers Game, Learn to Avoid Math Patterns

By  PATRICK HONNER

Sizing up patternless sets is hard, so mathematicians rely on simple bounds to help answer their questions.

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NUMBER THEORY(2019)
 

Mathematicians Catch a Pattern by Figuring Out How to Avoid It

By KEVIN HARTNETT

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CELL BIOLOGY
 

Bacterial Complexity Revises Ideas About 'Which Came First?'

Podcast produced by SUSAN VALOT; story by JORDANA CEPELEWICZ

Contrary to popular belief, bacteria have organelles too. Scientists are now studying them for insights into how complex cells evolved.

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