Columbia University, Flatiron Institute, Max Planck Society Launch Max Planck–New York City Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena

Simons Foundation, November 2019

Columbia University, the Flatiron Institute in New York City and the Max Planck Society in Germany are joining forces. Their new partnership, called the Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena, aims to understand, control and manipulate the uniquely useful properties of quantum materials.

Article written in collaboration with Columbia University.

Hirosi Ooguri Awarded Japan’s Medal of Honor

Simons Foundation, November 2019

On November 3, the emperor of Japan conferred the nation’s medal of honor to physicist Hirosi Ooguri. The medal includes a purple ribbon, recognizing Ooguri’s contributions to the arts and sciences.

‘Ringing’ Black Hole Validates Einstein’s General Relativity 10 Years Ahead of Schedule

Simons Foundation, September 2019

For the first time, astrophysicists have heard a black hole ringing like a bell. By reanalyzing the first black hole merger ever detected, the astrophysicists measured the gravitational wave ‘tones’ emitted following the event. The breakthrough comes 10 years earlier than expected and confirms that the properties of black holes are just as Einstein predicted in his theory of general relativity in 1915.

Press release done in coordination with Stony Brook University.

Simons Investigator Alex Eskin Awarded Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics

Simons Foundation, September 2019

Mathematician Alex Eskin of the University of Chicago has been awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics. The award recognizes Eskin for his “revolutionary discoveries in the dynamics and geometry of moduli spaces of Abelian differentials, including the proof of the ‘magic wand theorem’ with Maryam Mirzakhani.” (The magic wand theorem received its whimsical name due to its usefulness across many areas of mathematics.)

Mystery Solved About the Machines That Move Your Genes

Simons Foundation, September 2019

Fleets of microscopic machines toil away in your cells, carrying out critical biological tasks and keeping you alive. By combining theory and experiment, researchers have discovered the surprising way one of these machines, called the spindle, avoids slowdowns: congestion.

Pair of Supermassive Black Holes Discovered on a Collision Course

Simons Foundation, July 2019

Astronomers have spotted a distant pair of titanic black holes headed for a collision. Each black hole’s mass is more than 800 million times that of our sun. As the two gradually draw closer together in a death spiral, they will begin sending gravitational waves rippling through space-time. Those cosmic ripples will join the as-yet-undetected background noise of gravitational waves from other supermassive black holes.

Top of Reddit's /r/science for July 10, 2019.