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The Quantum Theory That Peels Away the Mystery of Measurement

A recent test has confirmed the predictions of quantum trajectory theory.

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Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order

Mathematicians have proved that a random process applied to a random surface will yield consistent patterns.

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Where We See Shapes, AI Sees Textures

To researchers’ surprise, deep learning vision algorithms often fail at classifying images because they mostly take cues from textures, not shapes.


How to Understand the Universe When You’re Stuck Inside of It

Lee Smolin’s radical idea to reimagine how we view the universe.

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What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists

Researchers struggle to incorporate ongoing evolutionary discoveries into an animal classification scheme older than Darwin.

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A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

Psychedelic drugs can trigger characteristic hallucinations, which have long been thought to hold clues about the brain’s circuitry. After nearly a century of study, a possible explanation is crystallizing.

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How to Turn a Quantum Computer Into the Ultimate Randomness Generator

Pure, verifiable randomness is hard to come by. Two proposals show how to make quantum computers into randomness factories.

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A 53-Year-Old Network Coloring Conjecture Is Disproved

In just three pages, a Russian mathematician has presented a better way to color certain types of networks than many experts thought possible.


A Mathematician Whose Only Constant Is Change

Amie Wilkinson searches for exotic examples of the mathematical structures that describe change.

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