Quanta5 min lettiBiology
New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer
A patchwork of genomic differences in the placenta may explain the organ’s “live fast, die young” strategy and its connections to cancer. The post New Genomic Study of Placenta Finds Deep Links to Cancer first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta5 min lettiNature
Iceland’s Eruptions Reveal the Hot History of Mars
The new volcanic fissures are more otherworldly than they first appear. The post Iceland’s Eruptions Reveal the Hot History of Mars first appeared on Quanta Magazine. The post Iceland’s Eruptions Reveal the Hot History of Mars first appear
Quanta5 min lettiMathematics
Mathematicians Find a New Class of Digitally Delicate Primes
Despite finding no specific examples, researchers have proved the existence of a pervasive kind of prime number so delicate that changing any of its infinite digits renders it composite. The post Mathematicians Find a New Class of Digitally Delicate
Quanta4 min lettiPhysics
Long-Missing Midsize Black Hole Flashes Into View
Black holes seemed to come only in sizes small and XXL. A new search strategy has uncovered a black hole of “intermediate” mass, raising hopes of more to come. The post Long-Missing Midsize Black Hole Flashes Into View first appeared on Quanta Magazi
Quanta6 min lettiChemistry
The Near-Magical Mystery of Quasiparticles
The zoo of spontaneously emerging particlelike entities known as quasiparticles has grown quickly and become more and more exotic. Here are a few of the most curious and potentially useful examples. The post The Near-Magical Mystery of Quasiparticles
Quanta5 min lettiMathematics
Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal
A recent paper set the fastest record for multiplying two matrices. But it also marks the end of the line for a method researchers have relied on for decades to make improvements. The post Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal first appe
Quanta4 min lettiPhysics
New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole
A supernova-like explosion dubbed the Camel appears to be the result of a newborn black hole eating a star from the inside out. The post New Kind of Space Explosion Reveals the Birth of a Black Hole first appeared on Quanta Magazine. The p
Quanta5 min lettiPhysics
Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality
A new thought experiment indicates that quantum mechanics doesn’t work without strange numbers that turn negative when squared. The post Imaginary Numbers May Be Essential for Describing Reality first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta5 min lettiNature
Cloud-Making Aerosol Could Devastate Polar Sea Ice
An overlooked but powerful driver of cloud formation could accelerate the loss of polar sea ice. The post Cloud-Making Aerosol Could Devastate Polar Sea Ice first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta5 min lettiPhysics
Growing Inventory of Black Holes Offers a Radical Probe of the Cosmos
One black hole is nice, but astrophysicists can do a lot more science with 50 of them. The post Growing Inventory of Black Holes Offers a Radical Probe of the Cosmos first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta4 min lettiPhysics
In Violation of Einstein, Black Holes Might Have ‘Hair’
A new study shows that extreme black holes could break the famous “no-hair” theorem, and in a way that we could detect. The post In Violation of Einstein, Black Holes Might Have ‘Hair’ first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta5 min lettiMathematics
Undergraduates Hunt for Special Tetrahedra That Fit Together
A group of MIT undergraduates is searching for tetrahedra that tile space, the latest effort in a millennia-long inquiry. They’ve already made a new discovery. The post Undergraduates Hunt for Special Tetrahedra That Fit Together first appeared on Qu
Quanta5 min lettiBiology
Some Proteins Change Their Folds to Perform Different Jobs
Unusual proteins that can quickly fold into different shapes provide cells with a novel regulatory mechanism. The post Some Proteins Change Their Folds to Perform Different Jobs first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta4 min lettiPhysics
‘Unicorn’ Discovery Points to a New Population of Black Holes
Small black holes were nowhere to be found, leading astronomers to wonder if they didn’t exist at all. Now a series of findings, including a “unicorn” black hole, has raised hopes of solving the decade-long mystery. The post ‘Unicorn’ Discovery Point
Quanta6 min lettiPhysics
Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide
Since they can’t prod actual universes as they inflate and bump into each other in the hypothetical multiverse, physicists are studying digital and physical analogs of the process. The post Physicists Study How Universes Might Bubble Up and Collide f
Quanta6 min lettiPhysics
Secret Ingredient Found to Power Supernovas
Three-dimensional supernova simulations have solved the mystery of why they explode at all. The post Secret Ingredient Found to Power Supernovas first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta5 min lettiBiology
Plant Cells of Different Species Can Swap Organelles
In grafted plants, shrunken chloroplasts can jump between species by slipping through unexpected gateways in cell walls. The post Plant Cells of Different Species Can Swap Organelles first appeared on Quanta Magazine.
Quanta11 min lettiMathematics
A Prodigy Who Cracked Open the Cosmos
Frank Wilczek has been at the forefront of theoretical physics for the past 50 years. He talks about winning the Nobel Prize for work he did as a student, his solution to the dark matter problem, and the God of a scientist.
Quanta4 min letti
The Curious Strength of a Sea Sponge’s Glass Skeleton
A glass sponge found deep in the Pacific shows a remarkable ability to withstand compression and bending, on top of the sponge’s other unusual properties. The post The Curious Strength of a Sea Sponge’s Glass Skeleton first appeared on Quanta Magazin
Quanta4 min lettiPhysics
Galaxy-Size Bubbles Discovered Towering Over the Milky Way
For decades, astronomers debated whether a particular smudge was close-by and small, or distant and huge. A new X-ray map supports the massive option. The post Galaxy-Size Bubbles Discovered Towering Over the Milky Way first appeared on Quanta Magazi
Quanta4 min lettiMathematics
New Quantum Algorithms Finally Crack Nonlinear Equations
Two teams found different ways for quantum computers to process nonlinear systems by first disguising them as linear ones.
Quanta5 min lettiBiology
The Mystery of Mistletoe’s Missing Genes
Mistletoes have all but shut down the powerhouses of their cells. Scientists are still trying to understand the plants’ unorthodox survival strategy.
Quanta6 min lettiPhysics
Astronomers Get Their Wish, and a Cosmic Crisis Gets Worse
We don’t know why the universe appears to be expanding faster than it should. New ultra-precise distance measurements have only intensified the problem.
Quanta7 min lettiMathematics
How the Slowest Computer Programs Illuminate Math’s Fundamental Limits
The goal of the “busy beaver” game is to find the longest-running computer program. Its pursuit has surprising connections to some of the most profound questions and concepts in mathematics.
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Growing Anomalies at the Large Hadron Collider Raise Hopes
Collider physicists report that several measurements of particles called B mesons deviate from predictions. Alone, each oddity looks like a fluke, but their collective drift is more suggestive.
Quanta6 min lettiBiology
Out-of-Sync ‘Loners’ May Secretly Protect Orderly Swarms
Studies of collective behavior usually focus on how crowds of organisms coordinate their actions. But what if the individuals that don’t participate have just as much to tell us?
Quanta7 min letti
Egg Laying or Live Birth: How Evolution Chooses
A lizard that both lays eggs and gives birth to live young is helping scientists understand how and why these forms of reproduction evolved.
Quanta4 min letti
‘Milestone’ Evidence for Anyons, a Third Kingdom of Particles
Anyons don’t fit into either of the two known particle kingdoms. To find them, physicists had to erase the third dimension.
Quanta6 min lettiPhysics
What Goes On in a Proton? Quark Math Still Conflicts With Experiments.
Two ways of approximating the ultra-complicated math that governs quark particles have recently come into conflict, leaving physicists unsure what their decades-old theory predicts.
Quanta7 min lettiBiology
Sugary Camouflage on Coronavirus Offers Vaccine Clues
In the fight against viruses and other pathogens, scientists are looking beyond genes and proteins to the complex sugars, or glycans, on cell surfaces.
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