Quanta Science Podcast

Listen to Quanta Magazine's in-depth news stories about developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences. Quanta, an editorially independent magazine published by the Simons Foundation, seeks to enhance public understanding of basic research. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org.


Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 19m. Bisher sind 181 Folge(n) erschienen. .

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 2 days 12 hours 1 minute


The Mystery at the Heart of Physics That Only Math Can Solve

The accelerating effort to understand the mathematics of quantum field theory will have profound consequences for both math and physics.


 2021-06-10  36m

Radioactivity May Fuel Life Deep Underground and Inside Other Worlds

New work suggests that the radiolytic splitting of water supports giant subsurface ecosystems of life on Earth — and could do it elsewhere, too.


 2021-05-24  23m

DNA of Giant ‘Corpse Flower’ Parasite Surprises Biologists

The bizarre genome of the world’s most mysterious flowering plants shows how far parasites will go in stealing, deleting and duplicating DNA.


 2021-04-21  24m

Mars Magma

The new volcanic fissures are more otherworldly than they first appear.


 2021-04-06  22m

Scientists Pin Down When Earth’s Crust Cracked, Then Came to Life

New data indicating that Earth’s surface broke up about 3.2 billion years ago helps clarify how plate tectonics drove the evolution of complex life.


 2021-03-25  21m

A New Twist Reveals Superconductivity’s Secrets

An unexpected superconductor was beginning to look like a fluke, but a new theory and a second discovery have revealed that emergent quasiparticles may be behind the effect.


 2021-03-16  21m

Statistics Postdoc Tames Decades-Old Geometry Problem

To the surprise of experts in the field, a postdoctoral statistician has solved one of the most important problems in high-dimensional convex geometry.


 2021-03-01  21m

Mathematicians Set Numbers in Motion to Unlock Their Secrets

A new proof demonstrates the power of arithmetic dynamics, an emerging discipline that combines insights from number theory and dynamical systems.


 2021-02-22  26m

Artificial Neural Nets Finally Yield Clues to How Brains Learn

The learning algorithm that enables the runaway success of deep neural networks doesn’t work in biological brains, but researchers are finding alternatives that could.


 2021-02-18  20m

Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Hold Clues to Persistent Mysteries

By digging out signals hidden within the brain’s electrical chatter, scientists are getting new insights into sleep, aging and more.


 2021-02-08  28m