Thermodynamics of visual images may help us see the world
Beyond geometry: Shape entropy links nanostructures with emergent macroscopic behavior in natural and engineered systems
Prediction or cause? Information theory may hold the key
Encryption is less secure than we thought
Information theory—the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression—also put cryptography on a secure mathematical foundation. Since 1948, when the paper that created information theory first appear ...
Nanotubes self-organize and wiggle: evolution of a non-equilibrium system demonstrates maximum entropy production
The second law of thermodynamics tells us that all systems evolve toward a state of maximum entropy, wherein all energy is dissipated as heat, and no available energy remains to do work. Since the mid-20th ...
Physicist Proposes Solution to Arrow-of-Time Paradox
First thin films of spin ice reveal cold secrets
Thin films of spin ice have been shown to demonstrate surprising properties which could help in the development of applications of magnetricity, the magnetic equivalent of electricity.
The emergence of complex behaviors through causal entropic forces
How to Measure What We Don't Know
New study suggests Voynich text is not a hoax
Second Law of Thermodynamics May Explain Economic Evolution
Researchers unlock mystery of how 'handedness' arises
The overwhelming majority of proteins and other functional molecules in our bodies display a striking molecular characteristic: They can exist in two distinct forms that are mirror images of each other, like ...
Physicist finds that E. coli replicate close to thermodynamic limits of efficiency
All living things must obey the laws of physics—including the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the universe's disorder, or entropy, can only grow. Highly ordered cells and organisms appear ...