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Ultra-cold mirrors could reveal gravity's quantum side

ByAdamBeckerAnexperimentnotmuchbiggerthanatabletop

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Risky business: Why money markets ignore the rules

ByMichaelBond“It’sakindofidolatrytothinkyoucanwritedownoneequationthatwilldescribeaccuratelythewaycollectionsofpeoplebehave”Youusedtobeaphysicist.Aretherelawsoffinancialmarketsinthesamewaytherearelaws

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Chance: Think of a number – and make it random

EugeniaLoliByMichaelBrooksMADSHaahrisinnodoubt.“Generatingrandomnessisnotataskthatshouldbelefttohumans

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Chance: Is anything in the universe truly random?

ByMichaelBrooksChanceandprobabilitysurroundus(Image:EugeniaLoli)“OH

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Risky business: Why algorithms are the bookie's friend

ByMichaelBond“Ifacarhireexcessis£1000

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Interstellar's true black hole too confusing

ClassicalandQuantumGravity

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Zombie simulator lets you plan your own apocalypse

ByJacobAron(Image:ZihniIogluKamil/SIPA/REX)ItbeganinChicago.Onebyone

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Sculptures cast shadows from the fourth dimension

ByAvivaRutkin(Image:HenrySegerman)Totheuntrainedeye

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Key to quantum gravity may lurk in cosmic haze

ByJoshuaSokolSpace-time’sfrothynaturecouldbeblurringthecosmos.Ifourviewsofgamma-rayburstshalfwayacrosstheuniverseareintrinsicallyfuzzy

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Volleyballene puts a new spin on buckyballs

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Chance: The importance of randomness in evolution

ByBobHolmesHowmuchofevolutionreliesonrandomness?(Image:Collage:EugeniaLoli;Illustration:KatelynDaubek)TAKE100newlyformedplanetsofoneEarthmass.PlaceeachinthehabitablezoneofaG-typemainsequencestar

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Origami doughnut squashes up to protect what's inside

ByJacobAronVideo:Origamidoughnutsquashesuptoprotectwhat’sinsideAsuitofarmourmadefrompapersoundsaboutasusefulasachocolateteapot

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Metamirrors twist reflections and turn into windows

ByJacobAronFunhousemirrorsjustgotawholelotwackier.Reflectivesurfacesbuiltusingtheprinciplesbehindinvisibilitycloakscouldbouncelightatstrangeangles

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Risky business: Coping with chaos in weather forecasts

ByMichaelBondHowdoyouforecasttheweather?Wesetupamodeltorepresentthecurrentstateoftheatmospherebasedonmanyobservations.Fromthat

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Risky business: Winning at poker is all about the odds

ByMichaelBond“Yourjobasapokerplayeristoidentifythesituationsinwhichyouhaveaverygoodchanceofwinningandriskasmuchmoneyaspossible.”So

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Chance: Peace talks in the probability wars

ByReginaNuzzoVideo:HowprobabilitycanhelpcontrolyourdestinyWEAREinabar

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Will the revamped LHC make or break physics?

WilltherevampedLHCmakeorbreakphysics?(Image:EnricoSacchetti)NATUREhasprovenremarkablyaccommodatingtoparticlephysicistsoverthepastcentury.Takethephoton

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Risky business: Rare events happen surprisingly often

ByMichaelBondInyourrecentbookTheImprobabilityPrinciple

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Orion has a giant dust hula hoop around its waist

ByLizKruesi(Image:NASA

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It's the faster, stronger, better Large Hadron Collider

ByMatthewChalmersThejourneyofparticlerediscoveryisstartingagain(Image:EnricoSacchetti)THEYcallit“thedesert”–avast

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Liquid metal brings shape-shifting robot a step closer

ByMichaelSlezakVideo:Self-fuelledliquidmetalmotorHastalavista

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Programmable pop-up materials can morph on command

ByHalHodson(Image:AirForceResearchLaboratory)Normallyyoucanrelyonsolidobjectstoholdtheirshape:aeroplanewingsareskinnyteardrops

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Jostling photons could give dark matter away

DARKmattermaynotbesodarkafterall.Iftheinvisiblestuffinteractswithlight

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Kitchen-table physics lets you do big science at home

ByJonCartwright(Image:SpencerWilson)Fivegroundbreakingexperimentsforalow-techlab:fromasolarstormdetectorinajamjartoaLargeHadronColliderinyoursaladbowlThisarticleis usuallyavailableonlyto subscribers

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Birth of a Theorem: Mathematics, Boltzmann and brio

ByJacobAronCédricVillani:lookslikehesteppedoutofaNeilGaimannovel(Image:PaoloVerzone/AgenceVU/CameraPress)BirthofaTheorem:AmathematicaladventurebyFieldsmedallistCédricVillaniisanexhilaratingbut

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Beagle 2 didn't spin to its doom

WHAThappenedtotheUK’sBeagle2MarsprobeonChristmasDay2003isoncemoreunclear.InDecember2008

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Why the highest mountains are near the equator

ISITjustacoincidencethatalltheworld’stallestmountainrangeslieatlowlatitudes?Apparentlynot

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Arctic Ocean may be polluted soup by 2070

ByKateRaviliousWITHIN60yearstheArcticOceancouldbeastagnant

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Kepler spacecraft sees its first exoplanets

ByLisaGrossmanTheplanet-huntingKeplerspacetelescopehasfounditsfirstextrasolarplanets:threealienworldsthathadbeenpreviouslydiscoveredwithground-basedtelescopes.ThefindsconfirmthatKepler’sinstrumentsar

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Large Hadron Collider to restart at half its designed energy

ByDavidShiga(Image:CERN)Theworld’smostpowerfulparticlesmasherwillrestartinNovemberatjusthalftheenergythemachinewasdesignedtoreach.Butevenatthislevel

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Fast-spinning black holes might reveal all

ByMarcusChownITIStheultimatecosmicvillain:spaceandtimecometoanabruptendinitspresenceandthelawsofphysicsbreakdown.Nowitseemsa“naked”blackholemayyetemergeinouruniverse

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Did asteroids flock together to build planets?

ByDavidShigaPERHAPSweshouldthankrapid-assemblyasteroidsforspawningtheplanets.Newsimulationssuggestthatdenseswarmsofboulderscollapsedundertheirowngravitytomakethebuildingblocksofoursolarsystem.Theplane

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Review: Heaven's Touch by James B. Kaler

ByMarcusChownTHESevernboreisasighttosee.WhenthismovingspeedbumpofwaterracesroundabendintheUK’slongestriver

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Ditching binary will make quantum computers more powerful

ByPaulMarksMemotothedevelopersofsuperfastquantumcomputers:giveuponthefamiliar1s-and-0sbinarysystemusedinconventionalcomputers.Byswitchingtoanovelfive-statesystem

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Lasers keep submarines in touch through the big blue

THEwaterthathidesenemysubmarinesalsomakesithardtocontactthefriendlyonesfromtheair–unlesstheysurface.Reachingsubmergedsubshasrequiredgianttransmitterssendingverylow-frequencyradiowaves

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Snapshots from inside an exploding star

ByDavidStockPhysicistsattheArgonneNationalLaboratoryinChicagohaveusedtheIBMBlueGene/Psupercomputertomodeltheextremephysicsofasupernovaexplosion.SeeasupernovaunfoldinourgalleryMoreonthesetopics:

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Milky Way may have a huge hidden neighbour

ByKenCroswellALARGEsatellitegalaxymaybelurking

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Why large carbon-fibre planes are still grounded

ByPaulMarksIFYOUwanttoknowwhycarbon-fibreplanessuchastheBoeing787arestillonthetarmac

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Statistics could help decode ancient scripts

ByLisaGrossmanASTATISTICALmethodthatpicksoutthemostsignificantwordsinabookcouldhelpscholarsdecodeancienttextsliketheVoynichmanuscript–orevenmessagesfromaliens.Humansfinditeasytoidentifythewordsthatcap

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Miniature gravity detector could peer inside planets

ByStephenBattersbyPEERINGbeneaththesurfaceofMarsandotherplanetstorevealburiedgeologicalfeaturescouldgeteasier

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Mysterious bright spot found on Venus

ByRachelCourtlandAstrangespotemergedonVenuslastweek

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Big dwarf galaxies steal small ones' stars

WHENtwodwarfgalaxiesmeet

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Black hole parasites explain cosmic flashes

ByDavidShigaSOMEofthebrightestflashesintheuniversemaybetheresultofblackholesburrowingintostarsanddevouringthemfrominside.Theflashesareknownasgamma-rayburstsbecausemostoftheirenergyisintheformofhigh-en

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Shedding old light on archaeological artefacts

ByJoMarchantFROMcavepaintingstoRomanmosaics

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Five snacks that are shaped like the universe

ByMichaelMarshallIt’soneofthebiggestquestionsofscience:whatshapeistheuniverse?FromPtolemyonwards

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Sticky tape emits useful terahertz rays

WILLstickytapeeverceasetoamaze?Peelingitcangenerateterahertzradiation

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'Infectious' people spread memes across the web

ByColinBarrasThewaythatcertainimages

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Late light reveals what space is made of

ByAnilAnanthaswamyGallery:Alleyesonspace:Theglobalgamma-raynetworkONTHEnightof30June2005

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Moon may reveal elusive cosmic neutrinos

ByRachelCourtland(Image:T.A.Rector/I.P.Dell'Antonio/NOAO/AURA/NSF)SeeagalleryofthebestneutrinodetectorsintheuniverseHuntingfortheelusiveneutrinotypicallyinvolvestrekstoAntarctica

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What's luck got to do with it? The math of gambling

ByHelenThomsonFIVEyearsago

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