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AI Designs Quantum Physics Experiments beyond What Any Human Has Conceived
Quantum Physics

AI Designs Quantum Physics Experiments beyond What Any Human Has Conceived

Originally built to speed up calculations, a machine-learning system is now making shocking progress at the frontiers of experimental quantum physics

By Anil Ananthaswamy
This Report Could Make or Break the Next 30 Years of U.S. Astronomy
Astronomy

This Report Could Make or Break the Next 30 Years of U.S. Astronomy

A battle for the future of American stargazing is about to begin—and the stakes are sky high

By Lee Billings
Star Trek's Warp Drive Leads to New Physics
Transportation

Star Trek's Warp Drive Leads to New Physics

Researchers are taking a closer look at this science-fiction staple—and bringing the idea a little closer to reality

By Robert Gast and Spektrum
Future Space Travel Might Require Mushrooms
Extraterrestrial Life

Future Space Travel Might Require Mushrooms

Mycologist Paul Stamets discusses the potential extraterrestrial uses of fungi, including terraforming planets, building human habitats—and providing psilocybin therapy to astronauts...

By Nick Hilden
A Deep Math Dive into Why Some Infinities Are Bigger Than Others
Mathematics

A Deep Math Dive into Why Some Infinities Are Bigger Than Others

The size of certain infinite sets has been a mystery. Now, it turns out, each one is different than the next, and they can all be ordered by size

By Martin Goldstern and Jakob Kellner

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