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Pleasure or Pain? He Maps the Neural Circuits That Decide.  Quanta Magazine
The work of the neuroscientist Ishmail AbdusSaboor has opened up a world of insights into precisely...

Geometers Engineer New Tools to Wrangle Spacecraft Orbits  Quanta Magazine
Mathematicians think abstract tools from a field called symplectic geometry might help with planning missions to...

How Do Machines ‘Grok’ Data?  Quanta Magazine
By apparently overtraining them, researchers have seen neural networks discover novel solutions to problems. The post...

My Fantastic Voyage at Quanta Magazine  Quanta Magazine
Founding editorinchief Thomas Lin looks back at a decade of Quanta journalism and forward to what’s...

Viruses Finally Reveal Their Complex Social Life  Quanta Magazine
New research has uncovered a social world of viruses full of cheating, cooperation and other intrigues,...

Can Information Escape a Black Hole?  Quanta Magazine
Black holes are inescapable traps for most of what falls into them — but there can...

Avi Wigderson, Complexity Theory Pioneer, Wins Turing Award  Quanta Magazine
The prolific researcher found deep connections between randomness and computation and spent a career influencing cryptographers,...

Number of Distances Separating Points Has a New Bound  Quanta Magazine
Mathematicians have struggled to prove Falconer’s Conjecture, a simple, but farreaching, hypothesis about the distances between...

How the Ancient Art of Eclipse Prediction Became an Exact Science  Quanta Magazine
The timing of the total eclipse on April 8, 2024, will be known to within a...

Dark Energy May Be Weakening, Major Astrophysics Study Finds  Quanta Magazine
A generation of physicists has referred to the dark energy that permeates the universe as “the...

Overexposure Distorted the Science of Mirror Neurons  Quanta Magazine
After a decade out of the spotlight, the brain cells once alleged to explain empathy, autism...

Merging Fields, Mathematicians Go the Distance on Old Problem  Quanta Magazine
Mathematicians have illuminated what sets of points can look like if the distances between them are...

The Social Benefits of Getting Our Brains in Sync  Quanta Magazine
Our brain waves can align when we work and play closely together. The phenomenon, known as...

How Is Flocking Like Computing?  Quanta Magazine
Birds flock. Locusts swarm. Fish school. From chaotic assemblies of life, order somehow emerges. In this...

The Researcher Who Explores Computation by Conjuring New Worlds  Quanta Magazine
Russell Impagliazzo studies hard problems, the limits of cryptography, the nature of randomness and more. The...

Topologists Tackle the Trouble With Poll Placement  Quanta Magazine
Mathematicians are using topological abstractions to find places where it’s hard to vote. The post Topologists...

The Best Qubits for Quantum Computing Might Just Be Atoms  Quanta Magazine
In the search for the most scalable hardware to use for quantum computers, qubits made of...

Math That Connects Where We’re Going to Where We’ve Been  Quanta Magazine
Recursion builds bridges between ideas from across different math classes and illustrates the power of creative...

How ChainofThought Reasoning Helps Neural Networks Compute  Quanta Magazine
Large language models do better at solving problems when they show their work. Researchers are beginning...

Michel Talagrand Wins Abel Prize for Work Wrangling Randomness  Quanta Magazine
The French mathematician spent decades developing a set of tools now widely used for taming random...

Doubts Grow About the Biosignature Approach to AlienHunting  Quanta Magazine
Recent controversies bode ill for the effort to detect life on other planets by analyzing the...

Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Explain Value of Shock Therapy  Quanta Magazine
Electroconvulsive therapy is highly effective in treating major depressive disorder, but no one knows why it...

Swirling Forces, Crushing Pressures Measured in the Proton  Quanta Magazine
Longanticipated experiments that use light to mimic gravity are revealing the distribution of energies, forces and...

What Is Quantum Teleportation?  Quanta Magazine
Teleporting people through space is still science fiction. But quantum teleportation is dramatically different and entirely...