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Whether or not smart programs can truly theorize, they’re already proving valuable throughout science, especially in the data-heavy field of astronomy, @danfalk  reported for Quanta last year.

The mathematician John Conway, who died from COVID-19 on April 11, had a tendency to jump into a field of mathematics and completely change the way people thought about it.

From 2016: Why do black holes collide? Two theories have come to the fore:

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Scientists have known for decades that mitochondria can contribute to disease. Recent studies are now exploring the organelles’ influence on mental health and well-being, especially when it comes to stress, anxiety and depression.

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While physicists have no idea *how* the information gets out, almost all agree that space-time itself seems to fall apart at a black hole, implying that space-time is not the root level of reality, but an emergent structure from something deeper.

Scientists have begun to model the sugary “glycan shield” that protects the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. This new knowledge could shape the development of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

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Indistinguishability obfuscation was so difficult to attain that some computer scientists considered it impossible and abandoned it. In August, Huijia Lin, Amit Sahai and Aayush Jain finally achieved it.

AI can rediscover textbook physics formulas and sort quarks from gluons, but can it find new, fundamental laws of physics? Some researchers bet that it can, @overbye  reports for @nytimes .

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BREAKING: A new simulation has revealed that global warming could cause stratocumulus clouds to disappear in as little as a century, which would add 8°C (14°F) of extra warming.

Mathematician and logician Kurt Gödel was born on this day in 1906. Gödel's famous incompleteness theorems, which ended the pursuit of a complete and consistent mathematics, were published when he was 25 years old.

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“I’m not a person for big questions. I look for puzzles. I look for interesting problems that I can solve.” Freeman Dyson, the mathematical physicist who helped found quantum electrodynamics with Richard Feynman, has passed away at 96.

Physicists who run the world’s most sensitive experimental search for dark matter have announced an unexpected series of “electronic recoils” which could confirm the existence of axions, a top candidate particle for dark matter.

Mathematicians Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli, Peter Scholze and Akshay Venkatesh have just been awarded the Fields Medal. Computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis won the Nevanlinna Prize. Read our exclusive, in-depth profiles of all five winners.

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A recent study suggests that a spider web is an extension of the spider’s cognitive system. :

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On this day 107 years ago, mathematician Paul Erdős was born in Budapest. Erdos is pictured here in 1985, teaching the then 10-year-old Terence Tao.

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Quantum supremacy may have been achieved. Google’s quantum computing project claims they've gotten a quantum computer to perform a task no classical computer could reasonably hope to complete.

Two women programmers who helped uncover the phenomenon of strange attractors have been left out of the story of chaos theory, until now.

This past Monday marked what would have been mathematician Emmy Noether’s 138th birthday. Her contributions to abstract algebra and studies of symmetry have become a cornerstone of modern physics. (Thread)

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