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    Why the Tiny Weight of Empty Space Is Such a Huge Mystery

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine‘s Abstractions blog.The controversial idea that our universe is just a random bubble in an endless, frothing multiverse arises logically from nature’s most innocuous-seeming feature: empty space. Specifically, the seed of the multiverse hypothesis is the inexplicably tiny amount of energy infused in empty space—energy known as the vacuum energy, dark energy, […]
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    How to Use the Large Hadron Collider to Search for Dark Matter

    If you can’t find dark matter, look first for a dark force. While cosmologists may be fascinated by what dark matter does, particle physicists are fascinated by what dark matter is. For us, dark matter should be—naturally—a particle, albeit one that is still lurking hidden in our data. For the last few decades, we’ve had […]
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    A Better Way to Cancel Noise

    The other day I stepped into my apartment elevator and saw a neighbor of mine joking around with a construction worker. “You know what you do with these guys?” my neighbor said to me. He grabbed the construction worker by his bright-colored vest and pretended to shove him out the door. For the past few […]
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    Black Hole Firewalls Could Be Too Tepid to Burn

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine‘s Abstractions blog.Despite its ability to bend both minds and space, an Einsteinian black hole looks so simple a child could draw it. There’s a point in the center, a perfectly spherical boundary a bit farther out, and that’s it Nautilus Members enjoy an ad-free experience. Log in or Join now . […]
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    My Mom, the Missile Computress

    What it was like being among the first women in the US missile program.
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    The Self-made Beauty of the Centriole

    This story was originally published by Knowable Magazine.You don’t often see the word beautiful in scientific articles. Yet it’s easy to see why cell biologists Niccolò Banterle and Pierre Gönczy used the word when describing a crucial cell structure called the centriole in a recent review. The scientists, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, are helping to provide […]
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    7 Awesome Solar System Destinations That Will Kill You

    Even if you make it past the interplanetary radiation, you’re still confronted with any number of hazards, and they don’t stop once you land.Image by SyFy / YouTube In the why-aren’t-you-watching-this television show The Expanse, humanity has spread out into the solar system. Mars and Earth stand as bitter rivals, with Ceres settlers somewhere in between. […]
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    The Online Magazine You Can’t Read Online

    A software engineer tackles the distractions of online reading.
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    How Women Came to Dominate Neuroendocrinology

    A scientific field founded by men is now mostly female.
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    How Genes Refract Chance

    The geneticist Siddhartha Mukherjee discusses the influence of modern genetics on our ideas of chance and fate.