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Living in a Quantum World

Quantum mechanics is not just about teeny particles. It applies to things of all sizes: birds, plants, maybe even people

December 1, 2015 — Vlatko Vedral

Quantum Weirdness Is All in Your Mind

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

The Collective Wisdom of Ants

Ant colonies work without central control. Knowing how they do this might help us understand other systems that have no leader, from brains to the Internet

February 1, 2016 — Deborah M. Gordon

New Physics Questions the Very Nature of Reality

Physicists speak of the world as being made of particles and force fields, but it is not at all clear what particles and force fields actually are in the quantum realm. The world may instead consist of bundles of properties, such as color and shape

December 1, 2015 — Meinard Kuhlmann

Critical Ingredients for Brain Development

An understanding of formative periods of intense learning during childhood suggests strategies for correcting neurological and psychiatric disorders later in life

February 1, 2016 — Takao K. Hensch

The Quasar with 2 Black Hearts

Astronomers have discovered two supermassive black holes locked in a whirling dance at the center of the nearest quasar galaxy

January 17, 2016 — W. Wayt Gibbs

Quantum Gravity in Flatland

Imagine if space were 2-D rather than 3-D. How would the force of gravity work? The surprising answers are guiding physicists to a unified theory of nature

December 1, 2015 — Steven Carlip

Trapped in a Cycle of Sexual Abuse

Victims of sexual abuse in childhood are prone to suffering repeated abuse. Researchers are looking at ways to break the pattern

January 1, 2016 — Sushma Subramanian