## Gravitational Waves: 6 Cosmic Questions They Can Tackle

The discovery of ripples in spacetime will vindicate Einstein—but it can also do so much more

The discovery of ripples in spacetime will vindicate Einstein—but it can also do so much more

February 10, 2016 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

The physicist Subir Sachdev borrows tools from string theory to understand the puzzling behavior of superconductors

February 4, 2016 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine

A clay tablet with cuneiform characters may contain a mathematical technique that was believed to be invented 1,400 years later

February 1, 2016 — Megan Gannon and LiveScience

A new version of quantum theory sweeps away the bizarre paradoxes of the microscopic world. The cost? Quantum information exists only in your imagination

December 1, 2015 — Hans Christian von Baeyer

Sophisticated computational techniques make it possible to analyze gene samples from all the bacteria in the gut at once to take a census of the species present

January 18, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

Some set of numbers will definitely be drawn in the $1.3-billion Powerball Lottery, so all you have to do is make sure you hold every possible combination of numbers

January 11, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Mathematicians often see more than cold logic in symbols and numbers. They see the sublime

January 1, 2016 — Clara Moskowitz

Confusion still surrounds *abc *conjecture, but the University of Oxford gathering boosts prospects for resolution

December 16, 2015 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Math can be fun for readers of all *h*'s

January 1, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Algorithms could aid discovery at the Large Hadron Collider, but raise transparency concerns

December 1, 2015 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Just how sensitive is Earth's climate to increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide?

November 30, 2015 — David Biello

Harvey Mudd College math professor Arthur Benjamin talks about his new book *The Magic of Math: Solving for *x* and Figuring Out Why*

November 20, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

Erratic human behavior and incomplete information plague efforts to model this risk

January 20, 2015

The Breakthrough Prize is the richest award in science, conferring $3 million on each winner or winning team. In a series of symposia, current and previous winners discuss the science that earned them their honors

November 9, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun

Six $3-million prizes awarded to advances in neutrino particle physics, topology, optogenetics and more

November 8, 2015

Teams behind advances in neutrino particle physics, topology, optogenetics and other fields took home science’s richest prize

November 8, 2015 — The Editors

The second annual Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics goes to topologist Ian Agol of the University of California, Berkeley

November 8, 2015 — Evelyn Lamb

Do you know that math can help you survive? I’m not talking about jobs, money, and feeding yourself—I mean the lost in the wilderness, life depends on it kind of surviving. How does this work? Keep on reading The Math Dude to find out

October 14, 2015 — Jason Marshall

A Japanese mathematician claims to have solved one of the most important problems in his field. The trouble is, hardly anyone can work out whether he's right

October 8, 2015 — Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine

Machines that "surf" particles on electric fields could reach high energies at a lower price

October 7, 2015 — Elizabeth Gibney and Nature magazine

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