## He’s Gleaning the Design Rules of Life to Re-Create It | Quanta Magazine

Yizhi “Patrick” Cai is coordinating a global effort to write a complete synthetic yeast genome. If...

## Math’s ‘Bunkbed Conjecture’ Has Been Debunked | Quanta Magazine

It was intuitive, even obvious. It was also wrong. The post Math’s ‘Bunkbed Conjecture’ Has Been...

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A new experimental proposal suggests detecting a particle of gravity is far easier than anyone imagined....

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All modern multicellular life — all life that any of us regularly see — is made...

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The idea of a species is fundamental to the way that many people understand the structure...

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The giant holes in galaxies’ centers shouldn’t be able to merge, yet merge they do. Scientists...

## Srinivasa Ramanujan Was a Genius. Math Is Still Catching Up. | Quanta Magazine

Born poor in colonial India and dead at 32, Ramanujan had fantastical, out-of-nowhere visions that continue...

## How the Human Brain Contends With the Strangeness of Zero | Quanta Magazine

Zero, which was invented late in history, is special among numbers. New studies are uncovering how...

## ‘Quantum Memory’ Proves Exponentially Powerful | Quanta Magazine

Researchers are exploring new ways that quantum computers will be able to reveal the secrets of...

## Big Advance on Simple-Sounding Math Problem Was a Century in the Making | Quanta Magazine

A new proof about prime numbers illuminates the subtle relationship between addition and multiplication — and...

## Even a Single Bacterial Cell Can Sense the Seasons Changing | Quanta Magazine

Though they live only a few hours before dividing, bacteria can anticipate the approach of cold...

## How Can Math Help Beat Cancer? | Quanta Magazine

Cancer treatment has come a long way in recent decades. But finding the best course of...

## The Computer Scientist Who Builds Big Pictures From Small Details | Quanta Magazine

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## Computer Scientists Combine Two ‘Beautiful’ Proof Methods | Quanta Magazine

Three researchers have figured out how to craft a proof that spreads out information while keeping...

## When Data Is Missing, Scientists Guess. Then Guess Again. | Quanta Magazine

Across the social and biological sciences, statisticians use a technique that leverages randomness to deal with...

## The Hidden World of Electrostatic Ecology | Quanta Magazine

Invisibly to us, insects and other tiny creatures use static electricity to travel, avoid predators, collect...

## What Can Cave Life Tell Us About Alien Ecosystems? | Quanta Magazine

Extremophiles, or microbes that live in the most seemingly hostile environments, are the darlings of astrobiologists,...

## Can Space-Time Be Saved? | Quanta Magazine

Curious connections between physics and math suggest to Latham Boyle that space-time may survive the jump...

## If the Universe Is a Hologram, This Long-Forgotten Math Could Decode It | Quanta Magazine

A 1930s-era breakthrough is helping physicists understand how quantum threads could weave together into a holographic...

## The #1 Clue to Quantum Gravity Sits on the Surfaces of Black Holes | Quanta Magazine

A black hole formula worked out in the 1970s remains the most concrete clue physicists have...

## The Two Faces of Space-Time | Quanta Magazine

A mysterious phenomenon known as duality often leads to new discoveries in physics. This time, space-time...

## Mathematicians Discover New Shapes to Solve Decades-Old Geometry Problem | Quanta Magazine

Mathematicians have long wondered how “shapes of constant width” behave in higher dimensions. A surprisingly simple...

## How ‘Embeddings’ Encode What Words Mean — Sort Of | Quanta Magazine

Machines work with words by embedding their relationships with other words in a string of numbers....

## Cells Across the Tree of Life Exchange ‘Text Messages’ Using RNA | Quanta Magazine

Cells across the tree of life can swap short-lived messages encoded by RNA — missives that...

## How Did a Landslide Shake the Earth for Nine Days? | Quanta Magazine

Last year, an immense but brief outburst of seismic energy was soon followed by a long...

## Can Thermodynamics Go Quantum? | Quanta Magazine

The Industrial Revolution brought us the laws of thermodynamics, and new ideas about work, energy and...

## Novel Architecture Makes Neural Networks More Understandable | Quanta Magazine

By tapping into a decades-old mathematical principle, researchers are hoping that Kolmogorov-Arnold networks will facilitate scientific...

## The Cellular Secret to Resisting the Pressure of the Deep Sea | Quanta Magazine

Cell membranes from comb jellies reveal a new kind of adaptation to the deep sea: curvy...

## ‘Groups’ Underpin Modern Math. Here’s How They Work. | Quanta Magazine

What do the integers have in common with the symmetries of a triangle? In the 19th...

## The First Nuclear Clock Will Test if Fundamental Constants Change | Quanta Magazine

An ultra-precise measurement of a transition in the hearts of thorium atoms gives physicists a tool...

## How the Higgs Field (Actually) Gives Mass to Elementary Particles | Quanta Magazine

In this article adapted from his new book, "Waves in an Impossible Sea," physicist Matt Strassler...

## Perplexing the Web, One Probability Puzzle at a Time | Quanta Magazine

The mathematician Daniel Litt has driven social media users to distraction with a series of simple-seeming...

## Computer Scientists Prove That Heat Destroys Entanglement | Quanta Magazine

While devising a new quantum algorithm, four researchers accidentally established a hard limit on entanglement. The...

## How Our Longest Nerve Orchestrates the Mind-Body Connection | Quanta Magazine

Like a highway system, the vagus nerve branches profusely from your brain through your organs to...

## How Colorful Ribbon Diagrams Became the Face of Proteins | Quanta Magazine

Proteins are often visualized as cascades of curled ribbons and twisted strings, which both reveal and...

## Mathematicians Prove Hawking Wrong About ‘Extremal’ Black Holes | Quanta Magazine

For decades, extremal black holes were considered mathematically impossible. A new proof reveals otherwise. The post...

## Waning Dark Energy May Evade ‘Swampland’ of Impossible Universes | Quanta Magazine

The largest-ever 3D map of the cosmos hints that the dark energy that’s fueling the universe’s...

## Are Robots About to Level Up? | Quanta Magazine

Today’s AI largely lives in computers, but acting and reacting in the real world — that’s...

## The Webb Telescope Further Deepens the Biggest Controversy in Cosmology | Quanta Magazine

A long-awaited study of the cosmic expansion rate suggests that when it comes to the Hubble...

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A new proof marks the first progress in decades on a problem about how order emerges...

## What Is Analog Computing? | Quanta Magazine

You don’t need 0s and 1s to perform computations, and in some cases it’s better to...

## What Happens in a Mind That Can’t ‘See’ Mental Images | Quanta Magazine

Neuroscience research into people with aphantasia, who don’t experience mental imagery, is revealing how imagination works...

## How Does Math Keep Secrets? | Quanta Magazine

Cryptography is the thread that connects Julius Caesar, World War II and quantum computing, and it...

## ‘Metaphysical Experiments’ Test Hidden Assumptions About Reality | Quanta Magazine

Experiments that test physics and philosophy "as a single whole" may be our only route to...

## Monumental Proof Settles Geometric Langlands Conjecture | Quanta Magazine

In work that has been 30 years in the making, mathematicians have proved a major part...

## What Are Sheaves? | Quanta Magazine

These metaphorical gardens have become central objects in modern mathematics. The post What Are Sheaves? first...

## Will AI Ever Have Common Sense? | Quanta Magazine

Common sense has been viewed as one of the hardest challenges in AI. That said, ChatGPT4...

## Tight-Knit Microbes Live Together to Make a Vital Nutrient | Quanta Magazine

At sea, biologists discovered microbial partners that together produce nitrogen, a nutrient essential for life. The...

## ‘Sensational’ Proof Delivers New Insights Into Prime Numbers | Quanta Magazine

The proof creates stricter limits on potential exceptions to the famous Riemann hypothesis. The post ‘Sensational’...

## What Could Explain the Gallium Anomaly? | Quanta Magazine

Physicists have ruled out a mundane explanation for the strange findings of an old Soviet experiment,...