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Artists are visiting CERN to explore the facility’s instruments and data, part of a collaborative program. Participating scientists often gain a new perspective on their work. Image courtesy of Semiconductor.

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Core Concept: How nonequilibrium thermodynamics speaks to the mystery of life

Stephen Ornes, Science Writer

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Pushing a system far from equilibrium can lead not only to turbulence, but to order and structure—including the sort found in life itself. Image courtesy of Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility.

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Models that incorporate these factors could help cities cope with natural disasters much more effectively. Figure data courtesy of Unidad Tormenta, Sistema de Aguas de la Ciudad de México.



DNA folding by loop extrusion
Erez Lieberman Aiden discusses a model of how DNA folds to fit inside a cell nucleus.

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