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Sound and fury

It’s hard to imagine any signal coming from space that would be of no interest. The noisiest signals are even sometimes the most important. Our modern definition of noise, as unwanted sound or signal, is a relatively recent one. The word used to mean strife, and nausea. Is the new meaning useful? Or does it encourage us to dismiss what we can’t interpret?

  • Running Is Always Blind: How your brain keeps you from falling on your face, by Sam Schramski

  • Brian Eno Plays the Universe: A physicist explains what the composer has in common with the dawn of the cosmos, by Stephon Alexander

  • This Physics Pioneer Walked Away From It All: Why Fotini Markopoulou traded quantum gravity for industrial design, by Sally Davies

  • This issue also includes contributions from: Jonathan Berger, Kevin Berger, Aatish Bhatia, Stephen Cass, Jenny J. Chen, Becca Cudmore, Daniel A. Gross, Mark Harris, Rebecca Horne, Courtney Humphries, Brandon Keim, George Musser, Susie Neilson, Sarah Scoles, and Ross Kenneth Urken.

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