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Sand Pile Model of the Mind Grows in Popularity

Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balance

April 7, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette and Quanta Magazine

A Fluid New Path in Grand Math Challenge

A daring speculation offers a potential way forward in one of the great unsolved problems of mathematics: the behavior of the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid flow

February 27, 2014 — Erica Klarreich 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
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