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

Episodios

  • The Oracle of Arithmetic

    The Oracle of Arithmetic

    28/06/2016

    At 28, Peter Scholze is uncovering deep connections between number theory and geometry.

  • New Life Found That Lives Off Electricity

    New Life Found That Lives Off Electricity

    21/06/2016

    Scientists have figured out how microbes can suck energy from rocks. Such lifeforms might be more widespread than anyone anticipated.

  • Computing’s Search for Quantum Questions

    Computing’s Search for Quantum Questions

    02/06/2016 Duración: 11min

    Recent tests show that quantum computers made by D-Wave systems should solve some problems faster than ordinary computers. Researchers have begun to map out exactly which queries might benefit from these quantum machines.

  • Simple Set Game Proof Stuns Mathematicians

    Simple Set Game Proof Stuns Mathematicians

    31/05/2016

    A new series of papers has settled a long-standing question related to the popular game in which players seek patterned sets of three cards.

  • How Neanderthal DNA Helps Humanity

    How Neanderthal DNA Helps Humanity

    26/05/2016

    Neanderthals and Denisovans may have endowed modern humans with genetic variants that helped them thrive in new environments.

  • New Support for Alternative Quantum View

    New Support for Alternative Quantum View

    16/05/2016

    An experiment claims to have invalidated a decades-old criticism against pilot-wave theory, an alternative formulation of quantum mechanics that eliminates the most baffling features of the subatomic universe.

  • New Evidence for the Necessity of Loneliness

    New Evidence for the Necessity of Loneliness

    10/05/2016

    A specific set of neurons deep in the brain may motivate us to seek company, holding social species together.

  • Tiny Tests Seek the Universe’s Big Mysteries

    Tiny Tests Seek the Universe’s Big Mysteries

    03/05/2016

    The search for exotic new physical phenomena is being led by huge experiments like the Large Hadron Collider. But at the other end of the spectrum lie tabletop experiments — small-scale probes of hidden dimensions, dark matter and dark energy.

  • A Secret Flexibility Found in Life’s Blueprints

    A Secret Flexibility Found in Life’s Blueprints

    26/04/2016

    A new study reveals that individual genes can create many different versions of the molecular machinery that powers the cell.

  • Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles

    Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles

    19/04/2016

    The story of the universe’s birth — and evidence for string theory — could be found in triangles and myriad other shapes in the sky.

  • Debate Intensifies Over Dark Disk Theory

    Debate Intensifies Over Dark Disk Theory

    12/04/2016

    In the new, free-for-all era of dark matter research, the controversial idea that dark matter is concentrated in thin disks is being rescued from scientific oblivion.

  • Mapping the Brain to Build Better Machines

    Mapping the Brain to Build Better Machines

    06/04/2016

    A project to decipher the brain’s learning rules could revolutionize machine learning.

  • Sphere Packing Solved in Higher Dimensions

    Sphere Packing Solved in Higher Dimensions

    30/03/2016

    The Ukrainian mathematician Maryna Viazovska has solved the centuries-old sphere-packing problem in dimensions eight and 24.

  • The Beasts That Keep the Beat

    The Beasts That Keep the Beat

    22/03/2016

    New insights from neuroscience — aided by a small zoo’s worth of dancing animals — are revealing the biological origins of rhythm.

  • Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

    Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

    14/03/2016

    A previously unnoticed property of prime numbers seems to violate a long-standing assumption about how they behave.

  • After Black Holes Collide, a Puzzling Flash

    After Black Holes Collide, a Puzzling Flash

    02/03/2016

    A satellite spotted a burst of light just as gravitational waves rolled in from the collision of two black holes. Was the flash a cosmic coincidence, or do astrophysicists need to rethink what black holes can do?

  • The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity

    The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity

    22/02/2016

    In a virtuoso experiment, physicists have revealed details of a “quantum critical point” that underlies high-temperature superconductivity.

  • How to Build Life in a Pre-Darwinian World

    How to Build Life in a Pre-Darwinian World

    16/02/2016

    Perhaps chemistry played a more instrumental role in the origin of life than scientists thought.

  • Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last

    Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last

    11/02/2016 Duración: 34min

    Ripples in space-time have been detected a century after Einstein predicted them, launching a new era in astronomy.

  • Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life

    Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life

    02/02/2016

    Searching for signs of life on faraway planets, astrobiologists must decide which telltale biosignature gases to target.

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