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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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