Archivo: Quanta

Researchers are beginning to understand the ways in which viruses strategically manipulate and cooperate with one another.

New studies revise ideas about the symbiosis that gave mitochondria to cells and about whether the last common ancestor of all eukaryotes was one cell or many.

In a world seemingly filled with chaos, physicists have discovered new forms of synchronization and are learning how to predict and control them.

These games combine quantum entanglement, infinity and impossible-to-calculate winning probabilities. But if researchers can crack them, they’ll reveal deep mathematical secrets.

Neuroscience has found that gestures are not merely important as tools of expression but as guides of cognition and perception.

One of the first quantum simulators has produced a puzzling phenomenon: a row of atoms that repeatedly pops back into place. Physicists have been racing to explain what might be going on.

In mathematics, where proofs are everything, evidence is important too. But evidence is only as good as the model, and modeling can be dangerous business. So how much evidence is enough?

A two-player game can reveal whether the universe has an infinite amount of complexity.

Brief cosmic blips called fast radio bursts have puzzled astronomers since their discovery earlier this decade. Now researchers appear to be close to understanding what powers them.

A new proof shows why an uncountably infinite number of Möbius strips will never fit into a three-dimensional space.