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

Episodios

  • String Theory Meets Loop Quantum Gravity

    String Theory Meets Loop Quantum Gravity

    12/01/2016

    Two leading candidates for a “theory of everything,” long thought to be incompatible, may be two sides of the same coin.

  • Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

    Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

    14/12/2015

    Computer scientists are abuzz over a fast new algorithm for solving one of the central problems in the field.

  • Math Quartet Joins Forces on Unified Theory

    Math Quartet Joins Forces on Unified Theory

    08/12/2015 Duración: 30min

    A new breakthrough that bridges number theory and geometry is just the latest triumph for a close-knit group of mathematicians.

  • The Incredible Shrinking Sex Chromosome

    The Incredible Shrinking Sex Chromosome

    01/12/2015 Duración: 30min

    Nature offers species a panoply of ways to determine an organism’s sex. That flexibility suggests we need not be concerned about losing sex chromosomes, but it raises the question of why such a fundamental property is so variable.

  • Nature’s Critical Warning System

    Nature’s Critical Warning System

    18/11/2015 Duración: 33min

    Scientists are homing in on a warning signal that arises in complex systems like ecological food webs, the brain and the Earth’s climate. Could it help prevent future catastrophes?

  • How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains

    How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains

    10/11/2015 Duración: 36min

    Scientists have begun to identify the symphony of biological triggers that powered the extraordinary expansion of the human brain.

  • Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

    Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

    29/10/2015 Duración: 30min

    A newly discovered class of microbe could help to resolve one of the biggest and most controversial mysteries in evolution — how simple microbes transformed into the complex cells that produced animals, plants and fungi.

  • Theorists Draw Closer to Perfect Coloring

    Theorists Draw Closer to Perfect Coloring

    20/10/2015 Duración: 19min

    A theorem for coloring a large class of “perfect” mathematical networks could ease the way for a long-sought general coloring proof.

  • A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction

    A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction

    13/10/2015 Duración: 31min

    Complex natural systems defy analysis using a standard mathematical toolkit, so one ecologist is throwing out the equations.

  • The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death

    The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death

    06/10/2015 Duración: 26min

    Only a few genetic changes were enough to change an ordinary stomach bug into the bacteria responsible for the plague.

  • A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation

    A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation

    29/09/2015 Duración: 27min

    A major advance in computational complexity reveals deep connections between the classes of problems that computers can — and can’t — possibly do.

  • Visions of Future Physics

    Visions of Future Physics

    22/09/2015 Duración: 33min

    Nima Arkani-Hamed is championing a campaign to build the world’s largest particle collider, even as he pursues a new vision of the laws of nature.

  • How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time

    How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time

    15/09/2015 Duración: 30min

    Cellular clocks are almost everywhere. Clues to how they work are coming from the places they’re not.

  • Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity

    Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity

    10/09/2015 Duración: 23min

    Einstein refused to believe in the inherent unpredictability of the world. Is the subatomic world insane, or just subtle?

  • A New Design for Cryptography’s Black Box

    A New Design for Cryptography’s Black Box

    02/09/2015 Duración: 24min

    A recent cryptographic breakthrough has proven difficult to put into practice. But new advances show how near-perfect computer security might be surprisingly close at hand.

  • A Life in Games

    A Life in Games

    28/08/2015 Duración: 33min

    The mathematician John Horton Conway’s myriad accomplishments — including the Game of Life, sprouts and the surreal numbers — are the product of a mind at play.

  • How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease

    How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease

    25/08/2015 Duración: 28min

    A new understanding of viral swarms is helping researchers predict how viruses will evolve and where disease is likely to spread.

  • How Life and Luck Changed Earth’s Minerals

    How Life and Luck Changed Earth’s Minerals

    11/08/2015 Duración: 34min

    Did the minerals on our planet arise in a predictable fashion, or did they result from chance events? The answers could eventually help scientists identify planets likely to harbor life.

  • At Tiny Scales, a Giant Burst on Tree of Life

    At Tiny Scales, a Giant Burst on Tree of Life

    28/07/2015 Duración: 19min

    A new technique for finding and characterizing microbes has boosted the number of known bacteria by almost 50 percent, revealing a hidden world all around us.

  • The New Laws of Explosive Networks

    The New Laws of Explosive Networks

    14/07/2015 Duración: 21min

    Researchers are uncovering the hidden laws that reveal how the Internet grows, how viruses spread, and how financial bubbles burst.

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