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In-depth news about mathematics, physics, biology and computer science.

Episodios

  • Mathematical Simplicity May Drive Evolution’s Speed

    Mathematical Simplicity May Drive Evolution’s Speed

    29/11/2018 Duración: 18min

    Some researchers are using a complexity framework thought to be purely theoretical to understand evolutionary dynamics in biological and computational systems.

  • A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’

    A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’

    28/11/2018 Duración: 14min

    Simple physical principles can be used to describe how rivers grow everywhere from Florida to Mars.

  • Quanta Writers and Editors Discuss Trends in Science and Math

    Quanta Writers and Editors Discuss Trends in Science and Math

    21/11/2018 Duración: 01h05min

    On November 16, 2018, more than 200 readers joined writers and editors from Quanta Magazine for a wide-ranging panel discussion that examined the newest ideas in fundamental physics, biology and mathematics research.

  • Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?

    Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?

    20/11/2018 Duración: 25min

    How does evolution select the fittest “individuals” when they are ecosystems made up of hosts and their microbiomes? Biologist debate the need to revise theories.

  • Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover

    Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover

    15/11/2018 Duración: 11min

    Through exacting geometric calculations, Philip Gibbs has found the smallest known cover for any possible shape.

  • In the Nucleus, Genes’ Activity Might Depend on Their Location

    In the Nucleus, Genes’ Activity Might Depend on Their Location

    06/11/2018 Duración: 15min

    Using a new CRISPR-based technique, researchers are examining how the position of DNA within the nucleus affects gene expression and cell function.

  • Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

    Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

    20/09/2018 Duración: 12min

    A visual prank exposes an Achilles’ heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they can’t do a double take.

  • The New Science of Seeing Around Corners

    The New Science of Seeing Around Corners

    30/08/2018 Duración: 19min

    Computer vision researchers have uncovered a world of visual signals hiding in our midst, including subtle motions that betray what’s being said and faint images of what’s around a corner.

  • Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager

    Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager

    31/07/2018 Duración: 14min

    18-year-old Ewin Tang has proven that classical computers can solve the “recommendation problem” nearly as fast as quantum computers. The result eliminates one of the best examples of quantum speedup.

  • A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

    A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

    30/07/2018 Duración: 23min

    Psychedelic drugs can trigger characteristic hallucinations, which have long been thought to hold clues about the brain’s circuitry. After nearly a century of study, a possible explanation is crystallizing.

  • Closed Loophole Confirms the Unreality of the Quantum World

    Closed Loophole Confirms the Unreality of the Quantum World

    25/07/2018 Duración: 18min

    A quickly closed loophole has proved that the “great smoky dragon” of quantum mechanics may forever elude capture.

  • To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

    To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

    24/07/2018 Duración: 19min

    Researchers find evidence that neural systems actively remove memories, suggesting that forgetting may be the default mode of the brain.

  • The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

    The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

    20/07/2018 Duración: 26min

    New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

  • To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future

    To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future

    10/07/2018 Duración: 29min

    A controversial theory suggests that perception, motor control, memory and other brain functions all depend on comparisons between ongoing actual experiences and the brain’s modeled expectations.

  • Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

    Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

    21/06/2018 Duración: 11min

    Computer scientists have been searching for years for a type of problem that a quantum computer can solve but that any possible future classical computer cannot. Now they’ve found one.

  • Why Earth’s Cracked Crust May Be Essential for Life

    Why Earth’s Cracked Crust May Be Essential for Life

    07/06/2018 Duración: 26min

    Life needs more than water alone. Recent discoveries suggest that plate tectonics has played a critical role in nourishing life on Earth. The findings carry major consequences for the search for life elsewhere in the universe.

  • Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks the Brain Out of Sync

    Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks the Brain Out of Sync

    06/06/2018 Duración: 13min

    Researchers find that when working memory gets overburdened, dialogue between three brain regions breaks down. The discovery provides new support for a larger concept about how the brain works.

  • A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

    A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

    16/05/2018 Duración: 09min

    Astronomers argue that there’s an undiscovered giant planet far beyond the orbit of Neptune. A newly discovered rocky body has added evidence to the circumstantial case for it.

  • A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate

    A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate

    07/05/2018 Duración: 17min

    New modeling studies suggest that birds migrate to strike a favorable balance between their input and output of energy.

  • Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

    Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

    18/04/2018 Duración: 20min

    In new computer experiments, artificial-intelligence algorithms can tell the future of chaotic systems.

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