Archivo: Quanta

New research finds that chaos plays a bigger role in population dynamics than decades of ecological data seemed to suggest.


Three computer scientists have posted a proof of the NLTS conjecture, showing that systems of entangled particles can remain difficult to analyze even away from extremes.

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Surprising as it may sound, 107 years after the introduction of general relativity, the meanings of basic concepts are still being worked out.

Artificial intelligence has bested humans at problem-solving challenges like chess and Go. Is mathematics research next? Steven Strogatz speaks with mathematician Kevin Buzzard to learn about the effort to translate math into language that computers understand.


A new origins-based system for classifying minerals reveals the huge geochemical imprint that life has left on Earth. It could help us identify other worlds with life too.

Decades after a Tanzanian teenager initiated study of the “Mpemba effect,” the effort to confirm or refute it is leading physicists toward new theories about how substances relax to equilibrium.

Quantum computers may derive their power from the “magical” way that properties of particles change depending on the context.

For decades mathematicians have searched for a specific pair of surfaces that can’t be transformed into each other in four-dimensional space. Now they’ve found them.

Neuroscientists uncovered an energy-saving mode in vision-system neurons that works at the cost of being able to see fine-grained details.

Observations of faraway planets have forced a near-total rewrite of the story of how our solar system came to be.