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  1. Calabi-Yau manifold
    Quantum Physics

    Top 10 scientific mysteries for the 21st century

    Solving the Top 10 scientific mysteries facing the 21st century will not be all fun but could be mostly games.

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  2. still from the movie "A Boy and His Atom"
    Quantum Physics

    Physicists debate whether quantum math is as real as atoms

    Physicists debate whether quantum states are as real as atoms or are just tools for forecasting phenomena.

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  3. Quantum Physics

    Bell’s math showed that quantum weirdness rang true

    50 years ago, John Bell proved a theorem that led the way to establishing the weirdness of quantum physics.

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  4. Science & Society

    The medieval mentality of modern science

    Today’s scientists grapple with many of the same issues that stumped their medieval predecessors.

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  5. Carl Sagan
    Science & Society

    Top 10 science popularizers of all time

    Since antiquity, some notable thinkers have served society by translating science into popular form.

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  6. bones of a primitive human forerunner
    Humans

    Human ancestor Lucy celebrates 40th anniversary

    Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson recalls the discovery 40 years ago of the human ancestor known as Lucy.

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  7. newspaper boxes
    Math

    In science, popularity breeds unreliability

    Popularity can mean unreliability both in science news coverage and within research itself.

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  8. Hubble Ultra Deep Field
    Cosmology

    Answers to questions posed by cosmology to philosophy

    Tough questions about the philosophy of cosmology have answers; they just might not be right.

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  9. illustrations of Robert Boyle's air pumps
    Math

    Reproducing experiments is more complicated than it seems

    Statisticians have devised a new way to measure the evidence that an experimental result has really been reproduced.

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  10. Holmdel horn antenna in New Jersey
    Science & Society

    Top 10 science anniversaries in 2014

    2014 is a rich year for scientific anniversaries, from the birth of Vesalius to quantum factoring.

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  11. Science & Society

    There’s a new way to quantify structure and complexity

    A new way to measure structure and complexity can help explain how information sharing among the parts of a system is related to its behaviors on different scales.

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  12. dual-slit experiment
    Quantum Physics

    New analysis rescues quantum wave-particle duality

    An experiment that supposedly contradicted the wave-particle duality principle of quantum physics has been reanalyzed, revealing a flaw.

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