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Erica Klarreich at Quanta magazine has a wonderful profile of Peter Scholze. Scholze has been busy revolutionizing various parts of arithmetic geometry in recent years, and the article does a good job of giving some of the flavor of this. … Continue reading ?

LHCb discovers family of tetraquarks

Researchers found four new particles made of the same four building blocks. It’s quadruplets! Syracuse University researchers on the LHCb experiment confirmed the existence of a new four-quark particle and serendipitously discovered three of its siblings. Quarks are the solid scaffolding inside composite particles like protons and neutrons. Show More Summary

Instagram Culture and the Democratization of Pretension

When I was going through the huge collection of photos I have from the Forum in Rome, I kept running across pictures containing two young Asian women (neither of them Kate). This isn’t because I was stalking them, but because they were everywhere, stopping for long periods in front of virtually every significant ruin and…

Matter, energy… knowledge: How to harness physics’ demonic power

Running a brain-twisting thought experiment for real shows that information is a physical thing – so can we now harness the most elusive entity in the cosmos?

Preparing for their magnetic moment

Scientists are using a plastic robot and hair-thin pieces of metal to ready a magnet that will hunt for new physics. Three summers ago, a team of scientists and engineers on the Muon g-2 experiment moved a 52-foot-wide circular magnet 3200 miles over land and sea. Show More Summary

That’s odd: Unruly penguins hint where all the antimatter went

Rare “penguin” particle decays should all happen at the same rate. They don’t – perhaps providing a clue to why we live in a universe made of matter

Past, present, future: How do we deal with time?

How do we shape the past? Or the future? Is boredom in the present good for us? Two new books take on the complexities of how we experience time

LIGO discovers new gravitational wave – and new era of astronomy

The detector's latest discovery means we are now firmly in a new era of astronomy – it matches up convingingly with what we already know about black holes

Four new element names to be added to the periodic table

Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 will likely now be known as nihonium, moscovium, tennessine and oganesson

Ghostly neutrino could be behind cosmic expansion mystery

An undiscovered, aloof particle could help explain why the universe is expanding faster than it should – and we may have already seen hints of it

The bold, brilliant woman who championed Newton’s physics

Emilie du Châtelet was a talented mathematician and experimental physicist who took on France's intellectual establishment. But history hasn't done her justice

Family or science: women shouldn’t have to choose

Things have changed for women in science since the times of 18th century physicist Emilie du Chatelet, but barriers to progress remain

Physics killed free will and time’s flow. We need them back

Modern science has taken a wrong turn – and it's all because real numbers aren't real at all, argues quantum physicist Nicolas Gisin

How we found them: Inside a giant gravitational wave detector

It took decades of work to prove that gravitational waves are real. New Scientist goes inside the story – and the awesome tool that did it, LIGO

That’s odd: Missing neutrinos may be shapeshifters

Neutrinos are already the universe's most slippery customers – but blips in the data say they may be morphing into something even more intangible

Feedback: The scientific predictions hiding in classic fiction

Plus dogged detectives pulling DNA from poo, climate-friendly carbon dioxide providing a chill, bookish camels and tiny moons, and more

290-299/366: Offbeat Rome

Kate and I spent last week in Rome, to attend the wedding of a friend of mine from college, who was marrying an Italian woman. I’ve always wanted to see Rome, so this was a great excuse, and of course I took a lot of pictures– over 1,600 all told. This happens in part because…

Some Ancient History

A couple months ago there was a session at an APS meeting with the topic Sidney Coleman Remembered. Slides are available for talks by Coleman’s student Erick Weinberg and colleague Howard Georgi. Georgi has recently posted a written version of … Continue reading ?

Physics Week in Review: June 25, 2016

Among this week's physics highlights: a quantum computer to simulate the creation of antimatter, fading hopes for a new particle discovery at the Large Hadron Collider, and the potential impact of the UK's stunning vote to leave the European Union...

Historic Hysteria

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