Quanta1 min gelesenAstronomy & Space Sciences
Astronomers Find Secret Planet-Making Ingredient: Magnetic Fields
Scientists have long struggled to understand how common planets form. A new supercomputer simulation shows that the missing ingredient may be magnetism. The post Astronomers Find Secret Planet-Making Ingredient: Magnetic Fields first appea
Quanta1 min gelesenBiology
RNA Brakes May Stabilize a Cellular Symbiosis
In some symbiotic partnerships, an RNA-based mechanism may sabotage the growth of greedy hosts. The post RNA Brakes May Stabilize a Cellular Symbiosis first appeared on Quanta Magazine
Quanta1 min gelesenAstronomy & Space Sciences
Squishy Neutron Star Setback Dampens Hopes of Exotic Matter
Groundbreaking results show that neutron stars of different masses may have the same size — upending astrophysical models. The post Squishy Neutron Star Setback Dampens Hopes of Exotic Matter first appeared on Quanta Magazine
Quanta1 min gelesenMathematics
Mathematicians Answer Old Question About Odd Graphs
A pair of mathematicians solved a legendary question about the proportion of vertices in a graph with an odd number of connections. The post Mathematicians Answer Old Question About Odd Graphs first appeared on Quanta Magazine
Quanta1 min gelesenBiology
Scientists Catch Jumping Genes Rewiring Genomes
Transcription factors that act throughout the genome can arise from mashups of transposable elements inserted into established genes. The post Scientists Catch Jumping Genes Rewiring Genomes first appeared on Quanta Magazine
Quanta1 min gelesenMathematics
How Mathematicians Use Homology to Make Sense of Topology
Originally devised as a rigorous means of counting holes, homology provides a scaffolding for mathematical ideas, allowing for a new way to analyze the shapes within data. The post How Mathematicians Use Homology to Make Sense of Topology
Quanta1 min gelesenAstronomy & Space Sciences
Quantum Double-Slit Experiment Offers Hope for Earth-Size Telescope
A new proposal would use quantum hard drives to combine the light of multiple telescopes, letting astronomers create incredibly high-resolution optical images. The post Quantum Double-Slit Experiment Offers Hope for Earth-Size Telescope fi
Quanta5 min gelesenPhysics
How Gravity Is a Double Copy of Other Forces
An enigmatic connection between the forces of nature is allowing physicists to explore gravity’s quantum side. The post How Gravity Is a Double Copy of Other Forces first appeared on Quanta Magazine
Quanta4 min gelesenBiology
A Backdoor Lets the Immune System Monitor the Brain
A newfound hub of immune system activity at the back of the brain solves a century-old puzzle. The post A Backdoor Lets the Immune System Monitor the Brain first appeared on Quanta Magazine
Quanta5 min gelesenChemistry
How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists
The thorny thought experiment has been turned into a real experiment — one that physicists use to probe the physics of information. The post How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists first appeared on Quanta Magazine
Quanta5 min gelesenBiology
The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations
Some populations of neurons simultaneously process sensations and memories. New work shows how the brain rotates those representations to prevent interference. The post The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations first appeared on Q
Quanta5 min gelesenBiology
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 gelesenEarth Sciences
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 gelesenMathematics
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 gelesenPhysics
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 gelesenChemistry
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 gelesenMathematics
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 gelesenPhysics
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 gelesenPhysics
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 gelesenChemistry
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 gelesenPhysics
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 gelesenPhysics
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 gelesenMathematics
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 gelesenBiology
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 gelesenPhysics
‘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 gelesenPhysics
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 gelesenPhysics
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 gelesenBiology
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 gelesenMathematics
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.
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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
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