Scientists use lasers to recreate ‘twisted’ superconducting material
March 21, 2023
New research by Prof. Cheng Chin at UChicago and Shanxi University discovered a way to simulate superconductivity that occurs when two sheets of graphene are slightly twisted as they are layered.
Long-sought math proof unlocks more mysterious ‘modular forms’
March 9, 2023
Quanta Magazine discusses Prof. Frank Calegari's co-authored paper that provided proof of the unbounded denominators conjecture.
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Origin of life group debuts at AAAS
March 9, 2023
Researchers from UChicago, ETH Zurch, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard have formed an international, interdisciplinary collaborative to explore how life evolved on Earth and, possibly, other planets.
New study shows Venus likely didn’t have ancient oceans for long
March 8, 2023
Assoc. Prof. Edwin Kite and graduate student Alexandra Warren work to model the history of Venus' atmosphere.
Black holes will destroy all quantum states, researchers argue
March 7, 2023
Prof. Robert M. Wald discusses new research findings and his studies under celebrated theoretical physicist John Wheeler.
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An applied mathematician with an unexpected toolbox
March 2, 2023
Lek-Heng Lim uses tools from algebra, geometry and topology to answer questions in machine learning.
No, the James Webb Space Telescope Hasn’t Broken Cosmology
February 27, 2023
Prof. Wendy Freedman is exploring how JWST observations can be squared with the standard cosmological model.
PSD in the News - February 2023
February 24, 2023
This month PSD researchers have been recognized for their pioneering discoveries, the quality and innovation of their research programs, and their unique contributions to new fields of inquiry.
Solving astrophysical problems by hand
February 23, 2023
Abigail Vieregg, director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, shares her passion for building experiments and bringing people together to solve scientific mysteries.
Deep earthquakes could reveal secrets of the Earth’s mantle
February 22, 2023
A new study led by University of Chicago geophysicist Sunyoung Park suggests there may be a layer of surprisingly fluid rock located in the Earth’s mantle. The study uses 350-mile-deep earthquake to make elusive measurements of the Earth’s layers.
A chemist who studies the spots where chaos sneaks in
February 20, 2023
UChicago Asst. Prof. Sarah King awarded prestigious Cottrell Scholarship, that honors “outstanding teacher-scholars who are recognized by their scientific communities for the quality and innovation of their research programs and their academic leadership skills.”
What “living drill bits” can teach us about evolution
February 18, 2023
Clams that can bore into solid rock show surprising patterns of evolution, UChicago study finds.
Suri Vaikuntanathan awarded 2023 Early Career Award in Theoretical Chemistry
February 16, 2023
Vaikuntanathan is being recognized “for the development of powerful non-equilibrium statistical mechanical theories to understand the behavior of complex matter ranging from driven systems to biological self-assembly.”
RNA’s “joints” play key role in our gene expression, UChicago scientists find
February 15, 2023
Longstanding puzzle of RNA methylation revealed by team of UChicago chemists. The finding could have implications for gene therapies for disease, as well as our picture of gene expression, development, and evolution.
The winners of the 2023 Wolf Prize are announced
February 10, 2023
The winners of the 2023 Wolf Prize were announced this week. Chuan He, John T. Wilson Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, was awarded the Wolf Prize in Chemistry for “pioneering discoveries that illuminate the functions and pathological dysfunctions of RNA.”