Adam Kucharski wrote The Rules of Contagion before Covid-19. He talks about misinformation, bank failures, and coming up with hypotheses during a crisis. PHOTOGRAPH: PAUL LINSE/GETTY IMAGES ADAM KUCHARSKI DIDN’T expect to publish a book about contagion in the middle of a global pandemic. But consider him less surprised than the rest of […]

PPPL physicist Christopher Smiet helped produce findings that could bring fusion-produced electricity closer to being a reality. Credit: Pamela Serai A challenge to creating fusion energy on Earth is trapping the charged gas known as plasma that fuels fusion reactions within a strong magnetic field and keeping the plasma as […]

This image shows an all-sky mollweide map of the quadrupole in the distribution of galaxy spin directions. In this image, the different colors mean different statistical strength of having a cosmological quadrupole at different points in the sky. Credit: Kansas State University Research reveals asymmetry in spin directions of galaxies […]

Protons have different stable magic numbers: 2, 8, 20, 28, and so on. When nuclear orbits are filled with protons, they form stable nuclei, analogous to the noble-gas elements. Credit: Kyoto University/Yoshiteru Maeno/Kouichi Hagino A staple in every science classroom is the periodic table of elements, and for many it […]

Algorithm Quickly Simulates a Roll of Loaded Dice The fast and efficient generation of random numbers has long been an important challenge. For centuries, games of chance have relied on the roll of a die, the flip of a coin, or the shuffling of cards to bring some randomness into […] serves as a sort of crowdsourced Ticketmaster for science talks. Instead of featuring upcoming shows and concerts, the new site lists more than 1,000 free, upcoming seminars hosted online by more than 115 institutions around the world. Credit: MIT News Despite physical isolation because of the COVID pandemic, MITmathematicians build […]

At the regional level and worldwide, the occurrence of large shallow earthquakes appears to follow a mathematical pattern called the Devil’s Staircase, where clusters of earthquake events are separated by long but irregular intervals of seismic quiet. The finding published in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America differs from the […]

Stanford researchers used advanced microscopy and mathematical modeling to discover a pattern that governs the growth of neurons in the flatworm brain, shown here. Using this technique, they hope to find patterns that guide the growth of cells in other parts of the body in order to pave the way […]