Archivo: Quanta

Sometimes a mirror that reflects 99.9999% of light isn’t good enough.

When 50 mathematicians spend a week in the woods, there’s no telling what will happen. And that’s the point.

Three progressively heavier copies of each type of matter particle exist, and no one knows why. A new paper by Steven Weinberg takes a stab at explaining the pattern.

A recently unearthed fossil and new genomic discoveries are filling important gaps in scientists’ understanding of how primitive green algae eventually evolved into land vegetation.

We give our genes and our environment all the credit for making us who we are. But random noise during development might be a deciding factor, too.

A study has cemented the link between an intense global warming episode 56 million years ago and volcanism in the North Atlantic, with implications for modern climate change.

In a new paper, physicists argue that hypothetical particles called axions could explain why the universe isn’t empty.

Glass is anything that’s rigid like a crystal, yet made of disordered molecules like a liquid. To understand why it exists, researchers are attempting to create the perfect, still-hypothetical “ideal glass.”

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To combat resistant bacteria and refill the trickling antibiotic pipeline, scientists are getting help from deep learning networks.

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Computer scientists established a new boundary on computationally verifiable knowledge. In doing so, they solved major open problems in quantum mechanics and pure mathematics.

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