A review of About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang by Adam Frank (and more). The twin child of the Big Bang: In the first moments of the universe, matter overpowered antimatter, its mirror opposite — we may soon find out why. The secret ingredient: Combine topology with symmetry and add a sprinkling of quantum mechanics — the result? A powerful new theory of everything. Now that physicists at the Large Hadron Collider at Cern have found a Higgs particle, are they reaching the end of the road? The Cosmological Supercomputer: Joel R. Primack on how the Bolshoi simulation evolves the universe all over again. Mira, one of the world's fastest supercomputers, will run the largest, most complex universe simulation ever attempted. Phil Plait on how the universe is still expanding — as expected. How an underfunded team of Spanish astronomers could help solve the mystery of dark energy. Clay Dillow on 5 ways the brand new Dark Energy Camera will utterly change our understanding of the universe. Frank Jacobs looks at a 1939 map of physics. What would happen if a beloved web comic created a series of physics explainers? An interview with Randall Munroe, the creator of XKCD.

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