Quanta Magazineflipped into Top StoriesScience An Ethical Future for Brain Organoids Takes Shape Quanta Magazine - Jordana Cepelewicz Collaborations in progress between ethicists and biologists seek to head off challenges raised by lab-grown “organoids” as they become increasingly …

Quanta Magazineflipped into BiologyScience Secrets of Math From the Bee Whisperer Quanta Magazine - Susan D'Agostino As Scarlett Howard taught honeybees to do arithmetic, they showed her how fundamental numbers might be to all brains.

Quanta Magazineflipped into Top StoriesScience How Pi Connects Colliding Blocks to a Quantum Search Algorithm Quanta Magazine - Grant Sanderson A curious physicist has discovered an unexpected link between theoretical block collisions and a famed quantum search algorithm. What do the digits of …

Quanta Magazineflipped into PhysicsScience The Voyage to the End of Ice Quanta Magazine - Shannon Hall Arctic ice is disappearing — the question is how fast. Summer sea ice could endure 100 more years, or it could vanish later this decade, with …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Top StoriesScience Why I’m Hosting The Joy of x Podcast Quanta Magazine - Steven Strogatz The noted mathematician and author Steven Strogatz explains why he wanted to share intimate conversations with leading researchers from diverse …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Top StoriesScience Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons Quanta Magazine - Jordana Cepelewicz The dendritic arms of some human neurons can perform logic operations that once seemed to require whole neural networks. The information-processing …

Quanta Magazineflipped into MathematicsScience For Fluid Equations, a Steady Flow of Progress Quanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett A startling experimental discovery about how fluids behave started a wave of important mathematical proofs. Scientific progress is not usually …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Computer ScienceComputer Science An Idea From Physics Helps AI See in Higher Dimensions Quanta Magazine - John Pavlus The laws of physics stay the same no matter one’s perspective. Now this idea is allowing computers to detect features in curved and …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Top StoriesScience How Simple Math Can Cover Even the Most Complex Holes Quanta Magazine - Patrick Honner No one knows how to find the smallest shape that can cover all other shapes of a certain width. But high school geometry is getting us closer to an …

Quanta Magazineflipped into PhysicsScience Continents of the Underworld Come Into Focus Quanta Magazine - Joshua Sokol Giant blobs nestled deep in the Earth may influence everything from the structure of island chains to mass-extinction events. Decades ago, scientists …

Quanta Magazineflipped into BiologyScience Biodiversity Alters Strategies of Bacterial Evolution Quanta Magazine - Jordana Cepelewicz In evolution, context is everything: Bacteria with neighbors evolve to rebuff viruses in a different way. In the closing paragraph of On the Origin of …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Top StoriesScience Unscrambled Eggs: Self-Organization Restores Cells’ Order Quanta Magazine - Wynne Parry To scientists’ surprise, blended mixtures of cytoplasm can reorganize themselves into cell-like compartments with working structural components. Put a …

Quanta Magazineflipped into BiologyBiology The Year in Biology Quanta Magazine - John Rennie Researchers explored the zone between life and death, charted the mind’s system for arranging ideas and memories and learned how life’s complexity …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Computer ScienceComputer Science The Year in Math and Computer Science Quanta Magazine - Bill Andrews Mathematicians and computer scientists made big progress in number theory, graph theory, machine learning and quantum computing, even as they …

Quanta Magazineflipped into PhysicsPhysics The Year in Physics Quanta Magazine - Michael Moyer Physicists saw a black hole for the first time, debated the expansion rate of the universe, pondered the origin of time and modeled the end of clouds.

Quanta Magazineflipped into Physics No Dark Energy? No Chance, Cosmologists Contend Quanta Magazine - Natalie Wolchover A study challenged the evidence for the mysterious antigravitational force known as dark energy. Then cosmologists shot back. Dark energy, mysterious …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Biology Sleeping Brain Waves Draw a Healthy Bath for Neurons Quanta Magazine - Elena Renken An organized tide of brain waves, blood and spinal fluid pulsing through a sleeping brain may flush away neural toxins that cause Alzheimer’s and …

Quanta Magazineflipped into MathematicsMathematics Mathematician Proves Huge Result on ‘Dangerous’ Problem Quanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett Mathematicians regard the Collatz conjecture as a quagmire and warn each other to stay away. But now Terence Tao has made more progress than anyone …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Top StoriesScience Why the Laws of Physics Are Inevitable Quanta Magazine - Natalie Wolchover By considering simple symmetries, physicists working on the “bootstrap” can rediscover the basic form of the known forces that shape the …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Mathematics Does Natural Law Need Elegant Mathematics? Quanta Magazine - Pradeep Mutalik Many of us are drawn to beauty in mathematics. But is that the way nature really works? Ever since I was very young, I have been enamored of elegant …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Biology How to Permanently End Diseases Quanta Magazine - Tara C. Smith Smallpox was eradicated relatively quickly, but other diseases have proved harder to eliminate. The reasons are a mix of biology and psychology. The …

Quanta Magazineflipped into PhysicsScience Black Hole Singularities Are as Inescapable as Expected Quanta Magazine - Steve Nadis For the first time, physicists have calculated exactly what kind of singularity lies at the center of a realistic black hole. In January 1916, Karl …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Physics Top Dark Matter Candidate Loses Ground to Tiniest Competitor Quanta Magazine - Charlie Wood Physicists have long searched for hypothesized dark matter particles called WIMPs. Now, focus may be shifting to the axion — an ultra-lightweight …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Biology Longevity Linked to Proteins That Calm Overexcited Neurons Quanta Magazine - Veronique Greenwood New research makes a molecular connection between the brain and aging — and shows that overactive neurons can shorten life span. A thousand seemingly …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Mathematics Mathematicians Catch a Pattern by Figuring Out How to Avoid It Quanta Magazine - Kevin Hartnett We finally know how big a set of numbers can get before it has to contain a pattern known as a “polynomial progression.” Some mathematical patterns …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Computer Science The Architect of Modern Algorithms Quanta Magazine - Susan D'Agostino Barbara Liskov pioneered the modern approach to writing code. She warns that the challenges facing computer science today can’t be overcome with good …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Physics Hologram Within a Hologram Hints at Fate of Black Holes Quanta Magazine - Charlie Wood Calculations involving a higher dimension are guiding physicists toward a misstep in Stephen Hawking’s legendary black hole analysis. Like cosmic hard …

Quanta Magazineflipped into Computer Science Playing Hide-and-Seek, Machines Invent New Tools Quanta Magazine - Stephen Ornes After millions of games, machine learning algorithms found creative solutions and unexpected new strategies that could transfer to the real world.

Quanta Magazineflipped into Biology Cells That ‘Taste’ Danger Set Off Immune Responses Quanta Magazine - Carrie Arnold Taste and smell receptors in unexpected organs monitor the state of the body’s natural microbial health and raise an alarm over invading parasites. “I …

Quanta Magazineflipped into PhysicsMathematics Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math Quanta Magazine - Natalie Wolchover Three physicists wanted to calculate how neutrinos change. They ended up discovering an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous …