Plasticity May Make Neurons Vulnerable to Alzheimer’s Disease

Simons Foundation, June 2020

Neurons that regularly remodel are more prone to Alzheimer’s disease and die when that remodeling goes awry, a new study suggests. The work is the first to track the progression of Alzheimer’s at the genetic and molecular levels within neurons vulnerable to the disease.

Why Pulsars Shine Bright: A Half-Century-Old Mystery Solved

Simons Foundation, June 2020

When Jocelyn Bell first observed the emissions of a pulsar in 1967, the rhythmic pulses of radio waves so confounded astronomers that they considered whether the light could be signals sent by an alien civilization.

Making a Fast Computational Tool Even Faster

Simons Foundation, June 2020

Alex Barnett takes a small silver tuning fork from his backpack, thwacks it against his desk and holds it to a microphone. On his computer, the musical tone appears as a steady succession of identical sine waves.

“It’s an A4, or the A above middle C,” says Barnett, who plays classical and jazz piano in addition to serving as group leader for numerical analysis at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Mathematics (CCM). “That’s 440 hertz, or 440 oscillations per second.”

Story for the Simons Foundation's 2019 annual report.

Machine Learning Cracks Quantum Chemistry Conundrum

Simons Foundation, May 2020

A new machine learning tool can calculate the energy required to make — or break — a molecule with higher accuracy than conventional methods. While the tool can currently only handle simple molecules, it paves the way for future insights in quantum chemistry.

CCQ Co-Director Andrew Millis and Simons-Supported Researchers Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Simons Foundation, April 2020

The National Academy of Sciences has announced the election of 146 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among those honored are 12 Simons-supported scientists, including Andrew Millis, co-director of the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ). The academy, established in 1863 by an act of Congress, provides independent, objective advice to the United States on matters related to science and technology.

Quanta Magazine Launches New Podcast, ‘The Joy of x’

Simons Foundation, January 2020

Quanta Magazine is expanding its illumination of fundamental math and science with a new podcast titled “The Joy of x.” Hosted by mathematician Steven Strogatz, the new series features intimate conversations with scientists about their work, discoveries, frustrations and journeys.