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Rank #43 in Natural Sciences category

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Quanta Science Podcast

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Rank #43 in Natural Sciences category

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Natural Sciences
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In-depth news about mathematics, physics, biology and computer science. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org.

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In-depth news about mathematics, physics, biology and computer science. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org.

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89 Ratings
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Blast for science-lovers

By MIT kid 2010 - Feb 02 2018
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I've been blazing through this podcast's back episodes at 1.5 speed, it's really fun!!

Very Intense

By PerryBorenstein - May 25 2017
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This is a very intense science podcast. It goes deeply into science issues.

iTunes Ratings

89 Ratings
Average Ratings
69
6
6
4
4

Blast for science-lovers

By MIT kid 2010 - Feb 02 2018
Read more
I've been blazing through this podcast's back episodes at 1.5 speed, it's really fun!!

Very Intense

By PerryBorenstein - May 25 2017
Read more
This is a very intense science podcast. It goes deeply into science issues.

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Quanta Science Podcast

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In-depth news about mathematics, physics, biology and computer science. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org.

String Theory Meets Loop Quantum Gravity

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

Jan 12 2016

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Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy

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

Mar 14 2016

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Quanta Writers and Editors Discuss Trends in Science and Math

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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.

Nov 21 2018

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Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last

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

Feb 11 2016

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Tiny Tests Seek the Universe’s Big Mysteries

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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.

May 03 2016

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A Debate Over the Physics of Time

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According to our best theories of physics, the universe is a fixed block where time only appears to pass.

Jul 19 2016

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New Support for Alternative Quantum View

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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.

May 16 2016

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The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

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

Jul 20 2018

26mins

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Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data

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To efficiently analyze a firehose of data, scientists first have to break big numbers into bits.

Oct 24 2017

15mins

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The Case Against Dark Matter

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A proposed theory of gravity does away with dark matter, even as new astrophysical findings challenge the need for galaxies full of the invisible mystery particles.

Nov 29 2016

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Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse

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

Dec 14 2015

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Simple Set Game Proof Stuns Mathematicians

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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.

May 31 2016

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To Test Einstein’s Equations, Poke a Black Hole

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Two teams of researchers have made significant progress toward proving the black hole stability conjecture, a critical mathematical test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Mar 08 2018

16mins

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Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

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An eminent mathematician reveals that his advances in the study of millennia-old mathematical questions owe to concepts derived from physics.

Dec 01 2017

19mins

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Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations

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Two mathematicians prove that under certain extreme conditions, the Navier-Stokes equations output nonsense.

Dec 21 2017

16mins

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Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness

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Physicists are closing the door on an intriguing loophole around the quantum phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”

Feb 07 2017

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The Incredible Shrinking Sex Chromosome

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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.

Dec 01 2015

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A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

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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.

Jul 30 2018

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Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

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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.

Oct 29 2015

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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

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A new idea is helping to explain the puzzling success of today’s artificial-intelligence algorithms — and might also explain how human brains learn.

Sep 21 2017

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Foundations Built for a General Theory of Neural Networks

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Neural networks can be as unpredictable as they are powerful. Now mathematicians are beginning to reveal how a neural network’s form will influence its function.

Jan 31 2019

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The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces

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Emerging evidence suggests that the brain encodes abstract knowledge in the same way that it represents positions in space, which hints at a more universal theory of cognition.

Jan 14 2019

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Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster

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In a Paris lab, researchers have shown for the first time that quantum methods of transmitting information are superior to classical ones.

Dec 19 2018

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Mathematical Simplicity May Drive Evolution’s Speed

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

Nov 29 2018

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A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’

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

Nov 28 2018

14mins

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Quanta Writers and Editors Discuss Trends in Science and Math

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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.

Nov 21 2018

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Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?

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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.

Nov 20 2018

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Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover

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

Nov 15 2018

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

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

Nov 06 2018

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Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room

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

Sep 20 2018

12mins

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The New Science of Seeing Around Corners

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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.

Aug 30 2018

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Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager

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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.

Jul 31 2018

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A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate

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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.

Jul 30 2018

23mins

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Closed Loophole Confirms the Unreality of the Quantum World

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

Jul 25 2018

18mins

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To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

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

Jul 24 2018

19mins

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The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

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

Jul 20 2018

26mins

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

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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.

Jul 10 2018

29mins

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

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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.

Jun 21 2018

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Why Earth’s Cracked Crust May Be Essential for Life

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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.

Jun 07 2018

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Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks the Brain Out of Sync

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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.

Jun 06 2018

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