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Quanta Science Podcast

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Rank #75 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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114 Ratings
Average 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

114 Ratings
Average Ratings
90
6
9
5
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

Latest release on Jul 02, 2020

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

Rank #1: 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 22 2018

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Rank #2: 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.”

May 23 2019

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Rank #3: After Black Holes Collide, a Puzzling Flash

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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?

Mar 10 2016

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Rank #4: The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity

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

Mar 03 2016

24mins

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Rank #5: 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.

Jun 20 2019

18mins

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Rank #6: 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.

Jan 03 2019

16mins

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Rank #7: A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction

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

Oct 22 2015

31mins

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Rank #8: 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 05 2019

23mins

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Rank #9: 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.

Apr 11 2019

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Rank #10: How the Universe Got Its Bounce Back

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Cosmologists have shown that it’s theoretically possible for a contracting universe to bounce and expand. The new work resuscitates an old idea that directly challenges the Big Bang theory of cosmic origins.

Aug 30 2018

22mins

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Rank #11: 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.

Dec 05 2019

16mins

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Rank #12: Giant Genetic Map Shows Life’s Hidden Links

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In a monumental set of experiments, spread out over nearly two decades, biologists removed genes two at a time to uncover the secret workings of the cell.

Nov 17 2016

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Rank #13: A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

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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.

Mar 14 2019

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Rank #14: 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.

Nov 21 2019

25mins

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Rank #15: Colliding Black Holes Tell New Story of Stars

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Just months after their discovery, gravitational waves coming from the mergers of black holes are shaking up astrophysics.

Oct 13 2016

13mins

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Rank #16: Dark Matter Recipe Calls for One Part Superfluid

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A different kind of dark matter could help to resolve an old celestial conundrum.

Aug 25 2017

14mins

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Rank #17: 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.

Oct 31 2019

18mins

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Rank #18: 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 18 2019

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Rank #19: A Puzzle of Clever Connections Nears a Happy End

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The three young friends who devised the “happy ending” problem would become some of the most influential mathematicians of the 20th century, but were never able to solve their own puzzle. Now it receives its first big breakthrough.

Jul 20 2017

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Rank #20: 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.

Sep 26 2019

14mins

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Wandering Space Rocks Help Solve Mysteries of Planet Formation

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After an interstellar asteroid shot past the sun, scientists realized that there’s probably a lot of itinerant rocks out there.

Jul 02 2020

15mins

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Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order

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Mathematicians have proved that a random process applied to a random surface will yield consistent patterns.

Jun 18 2020

12mins

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Where We See Shapes, AI Sees Textures

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To researchers’ surprise, deep learning vision algorithms often fail at classifying images because they mostly take cues from textures, not shapes.

Jun 04 2020

15mins

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What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists

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Researchers struggle to incorporate ongoing evolutionary discoveries into an animal classification scheme older than Darwin.

May 21 2020

25mins

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Bacterial Complexity Revises Ideas About ‘Which Came First?’

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Contrary to popular belief, bacteria have organelles too. Scientists are now studying them for insights into how complex cells evolved.

May 07 2020

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Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems

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Surviving fragments of genetic material preserved in sediments allow scientists to see the full diversity of past life — even microbes.

Apr 23 2020

24mins

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Computer Scientists Expand the Frontier of Verifiable Knowledge

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The universe of problems that a computer can check has grown. The researchers’ secret ingredient? Quantum entanglement.

Apr 09 2020

16mins

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The Hidden Heroines of Chaos

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Two women programmers played a pivotal role in the birth of chaos theory. Their previously untold story illustrates the changing status of computation in science.

Mar 26 2020

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Heat-Loving Microbes, Once Dormant, Thrive Over Decades-Old Fire

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In harsh ecosystems around the world, microbiologists are finding evidence that “microbial seed banks” protect biodiversity from changing conditions.

Mar 12 2020

28mins

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Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization

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In a world seemingly filled with chaos, physicists have discovered new forms of synchronization and are learning how to predict and control them.

Feb 27 2020

23mins

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Cryptography That Is Provably Secure

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Researchers have just released hacker-proof cryptographic code — programs with the same level of invincibility as a mathematical proof.

Feb 06 2020

11mins

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The Math That Tells Cells What They Are

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During development, cells seem to decode their fate through optimal information processing, which could hint at a more general principle of life.

Jan 30 2020

17mins

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science

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The latest AI algorithms are probing the evolution of galaxies, calculating quantum wave functions, discovering new chemical compounds and more. Is there anything that scientists do that can’t be automated?

Jan 16 2020

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A World Without Clouds

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A state-of-the-art supercomputer simulation indicates that a feedback loop between global warming and cloud loss can push Earth’s climate past a disastrous tipping point in as little as a century.

Jan 02 2020

26mins

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How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past

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The brain can’t directly encode the passage of time, but recent work hints at a workaround for putting timestamps on memories of events.

Dec 19 2019

15mins

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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.

Dec 05 2019

16mins

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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.

Nov 21 2019

25mins

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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.

Nov 07 2019

10mins

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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.

Oct 31 2019

18mins

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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.

Sep 26 2019

14mins

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iTunes Ratings

114 Ratings
Average Ratings
90
6
9
5
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.