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Stories by Natalie Wolchover

America's Last Major Particle Collider Awakens

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, which operates at a lower energy than the Large Hadron Collider in Europe, recently fired up for its 15th run to look at quarks and gluons

April 6, 2015 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine

Big Bang Secrets Swirling in a Fluid Universe

With a new approach that treats the universe as a fluid, cosmologists plan to tease out the fine details of the big bang from its behavior and evolution

February 21, 2014 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine

A New Physics Theory of Life

A physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire life-like physical properties

January 28, 2014 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine

A New Tool to Help Mathematicians Pack

Improvements in how densely spheres and other shapes can be packed together could lead to advances in materials science, deep space communication and theoretical physics.

December 24, 2013 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine

Mysteries of Fluid Flow Unraveled by Knots

By investigating the central role played by knots in fluids and fields, physicists hope to run experiments that help them better understand turbulent flow in 3-D

December 11, 2013 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine

Dispute over Infinity Divides Mathematicians

To determine the nature of infinity, mathematicians face a choice between two new logical axioms. What they decide could help shape the future of mathematical truth

December 3, 2013 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine

Classical Computing Embraces Quantum Ideas

"Thinking quantumly" can lead to new insights into long-standing problems in classical computer science, mathematics and cryptography, regardless of whether quantum computers ever materialize

December 28, 2012 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine

Why Is Everyone on the Internet So Angry?

A perfect storm engenders online rudeness, including virtual anonymity and thus a lack of accountability, physical distance and the medium of writing

July 25, 2012 — Natalie Wolchover and Life's Little Mysteries

Why Aren't There Any Openly Gay Astronauts?

The lack of even one openly gay or lesbian living astronaut in the history of American spaceflight may reflect the culture at the NASA astronaut office

July 25, 2012 — Natalie Wolchover and SPACE.com

Why Gun Control Is So Contentious in the U.S.

Yelling into echo chambers, like narrow-cast web sites and cable TV, about issues such as gun control, instead of engaging in conversations with those who disagree, has led each of us to spin toward extreme views

July 23, 2012 — Natalie Wolchover and Life's Little Mysteries

Are Eyewitnesses in the Zimmerman Trial Reliable?

External input makes eyewitness testimony unreliable. Eyewitnesses are generally unaware that their memory has been altered by post-event information

May 26, 2012 — Natalie Wolchover and Life's Little Mysteries