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Addictive Candy Crush video game is officially hard

ByJacobAron(Image:SimonDawson/BloombergviaGettyImages)Feelingguiltyaboutthehoursyou’vewastedonCandyCrushSaga?Relax.Amathematicalanalysisofthenotoriouslyaddictivevideogamerevealsthatitbelongstoacl

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Smallest subversive: Mathematical fight for our world

ByMikeHoldernessThomasHobbessharedtheJesuits’objectiontoinfinitesimals(Image:GettyImages/DeAgostini)Atstakeinthefierce17th-centurydebateoveramathematicalconceptwasnothinglessthanourmodernworld

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'Angry alien' in packing puzzle shocks mathematicians

ByJacobAron(Image:SipaPress/Rex)Whenitcomestopacking

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Multiverse gets real with glimpse of big bang ripples

ByLisaGrossman(Image:NaoyukiNoda/Getty)Wavehellotothemultiverse?Ripplesintheveryfabricofthecosmos

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Vanishing mirror turns into a window as you spin it

ByJacobAron(Image:WeishunXuandYuhaoZhang)Youwalkpastamirror

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Space-time ripples hint at physics beyond the big bang

ByLisaGrossman(Image:HenningDalhoff/SPL)Sliversofasecondaftertheuniversewasborn

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Billiard table chaos wins $1 million maths prize

ByJacobAron(Image:MathematicsDept.PrincetonUniversity)Cuttingaholeinthepooltableisunlikelytowinyoumanyfansdownatyourlocalbar

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Computer paints rainbow smoke with 17 million colours

ByChrisBaraniukVideo:ComputerpaintsimageswithmillionsofcoloursWhatisthemosteye-catchingwaytouse16.8millioncoloursinoneimage?ForHungarianprogrammerJózsefFejes

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The fourth state of matter: Consciousness

ByMaxTegmark(Image:EricFlogny)WHYareyouconsciousrightnow?Specifically

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A black hole in a bath: Big physics on a bench-top

BySophieHebdenIfyouhaven’tgotaCERNbudget

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Einstein's waves would make a cosmic overture

AHUSHEDsilenceoftenmarksthewaitforsomethingbig.Butwithgravitationalwaves

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We need philosophers to tackle the big cosmic puzzles

ByJosephSilk(Image:JohnWhitePhotos/Getty)MODERNcosmologyhasbeenspectacularlysuccessfulatexplainingwhytheuniverseisasitis–ageometricallyflatexpandingspacepockmarkedwithstarsandgalaxies.Butthisverysu

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Dream Job: Stand-up mathematician

ByJessicaHamzelouVideo:Mathsstand-upcomedyshows4DcubecrashHaveyouheardtheoneaboutthespreadsheets?Believeitornot

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Singer Charlotte Church says physics rocks her universe

ByJacobAron(Image:LornaJaneNewman)Quantumentanglementisanenthrallingmetaphorforlovethatinspiredmylatestmusic

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Invisible: How to see beyond sight

ByMichaelBrooksWecan’tseemostoftheuniversewiththenakedeye

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Big bang breakthrough: Who is the father of inflation?

ByStuartClarkThefirstclearglimpseofripplesinspace-time

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Dark matter hunters turn to nano-blasts and enzyme ice

ByLisaGrossmanEnzymeicecubesandnano-explosivesmaybeourbestbetsformakingdirectcontactwithdarkmatter

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Record-breaking atom laser to hunt quantum gravity

ByKatiaMoskvitchBeammeup

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Will new physics sail on gravitational waves?

ASIGNALfromthebeginningoftheuniverse

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Watch stocks do the jitterbug to cut the risk of trading

ByLisaGrossmanTHEstrangejitterydancethatparticlesperformwhenimmersedinwatercouldbeusedtoidentifythebesttimetotradeonthestockmarket.FirstnoticedbyVictorianscientistRobertBrown

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Radioactive waste used to peek inside a star explosion

ByKatiaMoskvitch(Image:NASA/CXC/JPL-CalTech/MIT)RADIOACTIVEwastehashelpeduspeerinsideastarexplosionandsolvealong-standingmysteryaboutthecosmicoriginsofchemicalelements.Starsfusehydrogenintheircores

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Einstein's silence: Listening for space-time ripples

AnilAnanthaswamyByAnilAnanthaswamyDUSKhasdescendedonRattlesnakeMountain.Athincrescentmoonhangsovertheridge

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Mystery physics: What does the M in M-theory mean?

ByAmandaGefter(Image:HalBergman/GettyImages)Someoftheworld’sgreatestphysicistscouldn’ttellyouwhyourleadingtheoryofeverythingislabelled“M”Isthereananswer?IARRIVEDattheHarvardScienceCenterandmademyw

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Banish jet lag with a handy mathematical scheduler

ByJacobAron(Image:ColorBlindImages/GettyImages)Feelinggroggyafterthatlong-distanceflight?Holdthecoffeeandreachforyourmobilephone.Amathematicaltoolpromisesafullrecoveryinjustafewdays

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Earth raises a plasma shield to battle solar storms

ByLisaGrossman(Image:NASA)Earthcanraiseshieldstoprotectitselfagainstsolarstorms.Forthefirsttime

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First superconducting transistor promises PC revolution

ByPaulMarksTHEworld’sfirstsuperconductingtransistor

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Riddle of the primes: why do they come in pairs?

EllenPorteusByVickyNealeITWAStheBritishmathematicianG.H.Hardywhopopularisedtheideathatyouthfulbrainsdothebestmaths.“Idonotknowofamajormathematicaladvanceinitiatedbyamanpastfifty”

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Spinning water droplets behave like black holes

WHATdoesadropofwaterhaveincommonwithablackholeandanatom?Well

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Gallery: Snowflakes as you've never seen them before

ByLucyDodwellSeeaslideshowofsnowflakephotographsbyKennethLibbrechtAsanyonewhohastriedtoexaminethemunderamicroscopewillappreciate,

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Gallery: First images of the damage that shut the LHC

ByTomSimoniteInSeptember

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Search for 'God particle' hit by huge repair bill

ByNewScientistStaffandReuters(Image:CERN)Repairingthegiantparticlecolliderbuilttosimulatethebigbangcouldcostupto35millionSwissfrancs(£20millionor$29million)

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It was always crazy to shoot for Mars before colonising the moon

ESAInawelcomeoutbreakofrealism–underlinedbyUSvice-presidentMikePence’slatestcallforAmericanbootsonthemoon –spaceagenciesandrocketfirmshavebeenrampingupvisionsforlunarbases.Thegoodnewsisthatthisapparen

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Archimedes and the 2000-year-old computer

ByJoMarchantMARCELLUSandhismenblockadedSyracuse

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Culture picks: Read your way into (almost) any science subject

CulturaRM/AlamyStockPhotoByJonathonKeatsWhatcouldbemorebasicthanarithmetic?Whatcouldbemorecomplexthanastrophysics?Thefollowingbooks–onarithmeticandastrophysics

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Gas memory could send spooky messages the full distance

ByColinBarrasQuantumentanglement

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2008 to be extended by one second

ByRachelCourtlandThoseeagertosee2008cometoaclosewillhavetowaitasecondlonger.Asingleleapsecondwillbeaddedattheendoftheyeartoaccommodateasubtleslow-downintheEarth’srotation.Thedecision

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Gallery: Images that morph before your eyes

ByLucyDodwellAnanamorphicimageisapicturethatcanonlybeinterpretedwhenviewedfromaparticularangle

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Did our cosmos exist before the big bang?

ByAnilAnanthaswamyABHAYASHTEKARremembershisreactionthefirsttimehesawtheuniversebounce.“Iwastakenaback

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Nobel prizes would be better without all the fame and fortune

Caltech/MIT/LIGOLabEveryOctober

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We can finally map the spiral arm on the far side of the galaxy

NASA/JPL-Caltech/R.Hurt(SSC/Caltech)ByLeahCraneWe’reputtingthefarsideofthegalaxyonthemap.The mostprecisemeasurementyetofanobjectonthefarsideofthegalaxy’scentreispavingthewayforadefinitivemapoftheother

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Most science papers turn out to be wrong. It’s time to fix that

SolStock/GettyInthesetimesoffakenews

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Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

AndreyKravtsov(TheUniversityofChicago)andAnatolyKlypin(NewMexicoStateUniversity).VisualisationbyAndreyKravtsovByLeahCraneThemissinglinksbetweengalaxieshavefinallybeenfound.Thisisthefirstdetectionofthe

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Large Hadron Collider gears up for July restart

ByJessicaGriggsTHELargeHadronColliderwillbebackupandrunningbythethirdquarterof2009–probably.Accordingtoaninternalreportsenttothephysicistsworkingonthegiantparticle-smasherattheCERNlaboratorynearGeneva

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How to beat the bookies by turning their odds against them

MatthewLloyd/BloombergviaGettyImagesByChrisBaraniukFancyaflutter?Thechancesofmakingaprofitbybettingonfootballmatchesareextremelylow

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What happens when silicon can shrink no more?

ByJoergHeberIN1965

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Reasons to be jolly about 2008

ByLawrenceKrauss‘TIStheseasontobejolly

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The blushing Englishman who stole nuclear secrets from the US

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Illuminating India: The genius of making a little go a long way

ChilaBurmanBySimonIngsOnecantastetheboosterismintheairatLondon’sScienceMuseumasitintroducesitstwo-galleryexhibition

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Light-filtering paint cools your home when exposed to hot sun

polarica/GettyBySandrineCeurstemontThesunitselfcouldsoonbecomealow-costairconditioner.Ahigh-techpaintthatactuallycoolswhenexposedtosunlightcanprovideabetterwaytochillbuildings–andperhapsevensolvethelo

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'Evil water' linked to mysterious drownings

ByMattKaplanItmaysoundlikeasuperstitiousexcuseforapoorday’sswimming

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