Archives: Quanta

Scientists have reported large DNA structures in some archaea that defy easy categorization.

Laurent Fargues and Peter Scholze have found a new, more powerful way of connecting number theory and geometry as part of the sweeping Langlands program.

For 50 years, mathematicians have believed that the total number of real numbers is unknowable. A new proof suggests otherwise.

The DNA of some viruses doesn’t use the same four nucleotide bases found in all other life. New work shows how this exception is possible and hints that it could be more common than we think.

A group of mathematicians has shown that at critical moments, a symmetry called rotational invariance is a universal property across many physical systems.

A temporal pattern of activity observed in human brains for the first time may explain how we can learn so quickly.

Other diseases with long-term symptoms can help us understand how COVID can affect us long after the virus itself is gone.

These ultrabright flashes have recently been tracked for days, upending ideas about the cataclysms that create them.


Genomic surveillance of the SARS-CoV-2 virus can help control the current pandemic and prevent future ones. But the process is marred by insufficient data and geographic inequities.

Even in an incomplete state, quantum field theory is the most successful physical theory ever discovered. Nathan Seiberg, one of its leading architects, talks about the gaps in QFT and how mathematicians could fill them.