A team of New York physicists have discovered a material that conducts electricity with perfect efficiency at room temperature – a long-sought scientific step. The compound of hydrogen, carbon and…

Continue ReadingWhen Nathan Klein started his graduate studies two years ago, his advisers came up with a modest plan: to work together on one of the best-known and oldest problems in…

Continue Reading“In a crazy weekend, I spent 12 hours a day [on it], “she said.” It was totally addicting. “ Other mathematicians speak of experience in the same way. They say…

Continue ReadingResearchers have shown how to effectively transform one material into another using a fine-shaped laser pulse. .

Continue ReadingIn the 1940s, pioneering physicists have come upon the next layer of reality. The particles were outside, and the fields – vast, undulating entities that filled space like an ocean…

Continue ReadingLike a top A mid-1990s student Pace Nielsen encountered a mathematical question that he still wrestles with to this day. But he doesn’t feel bad: The problem that captivated him,…

Continue ReadingMathematicians have spent over 2,000 years dissecting the structure of the five Platonic solids – the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, icosahedron, and dodecahedron – but there is still a lot we…

Continue ReadingAfter losing his Seeing smallpox in 1759 at the age of 2, John Gough developed a keen sense of touch. The budding naturalist soon learned to identify plants by touch,…

Continue ReadingTypically, to prove Keller’s conjecture in dimension n, you use dice with n points and try to find a size 2 cliquenot. You can think of this clique as representing…

Continue ReadingA pair of mathematicians have solved the first piece of one of the most famous conjectures about the additive properties of integers. Proposed over 60 years ago by the legendary…

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