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Lonely planets

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Astronomers and planetary scientists debate if and when we’ll find extraterrestrial life.

A singular discovery

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Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves a century ago. Daniel Holz was part of the team of scientists that finally found them last fall.

Ocean spray

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New research explains sustained eruptions on an icy moon of Saturn.

Ring of worms

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A worm glamour shot reveals the unexpected beauty of science.

Overeating? Could be lack of sleep

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A new study shows how sleep loss initiates overeating, amplifying and extending blood levels of a chemical signal that enhances the joy of eating.

Mortal thoughts

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Doctors are taught to fight death—but it’s a losing battle. Some are looking beyond biomedicine to help them better communicate with patients about the end of life.

Mission: Improbable

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Planetary scientists fact-check The Martian.

Ask an alum

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Mathematician David Eisenbud answers readers’ questions.

125 years of PSD discovery

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The Division of the Physical Sciences celebrates UChicago’s 125th anniversary.

Faculty additions, retirements, and accolades

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Updates from the Division of the Physical Sciences.

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