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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.

Quanta Science Podcast Quanta Magazine

    • Science
    • 4.4 • 28 Ratings

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.

    Geometric Analysis Reveals How Birds Mastered Flight

    Geometric Analysis Reveals How Birds Mastered Flight

    Scientists are beginning to grasp the biomechanics that allow birds to maneuver in the air.

    • 17 min
    How the 'Diamond of the Plant World' Helped Land Plants Evolve

    How the 'Diamond of the Plant World' Helped Land Plants Evolve

    Scientists are beginning to crack secrets from one of the sturdiest organic materials in nature.

    • 17 min
    Protein Blobs Linked to Alzheimer's Affect Aging in All Cells

    Protein Blobs Linked to Alzheimer's Affect Aging in All Cells

    A first-of-its-kind study offers a fresh perspective on what happens inside cells as they age.

    • 22 min
    The Brain Has a 'Low-Power Mode' That Blunts Our Senses

    The Brain Has a 'Low-Power Mode' That Blunts Our Senses

    Neuroscientists uncovered an energy-saving mode in vision-system neurons that works at the cost of being able to see fine-grained details. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is "Unanswered Questions" by Kevin MacLeod.

    • 18 min
    Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow

    Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow

    Mathematicians recently figured out a near-optimal way to go with the flow.

    • 18 min
    Graduate Student's Side Project Proves Prime Number Conjecture

    Graduate Student's Side Project Proves Prime Number Conjecture

    A graduate student recently proved Paul Erdős' conjecture about what makes the prime numbers particularly unique among primitive sets.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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Superbly Fascinating

I'm subscribed to 50-odd podcasts, but Quanta is my absolute favourite. The balance between technical detail and relatable storytelling is spot-on, indulging me in my closet curiosity for university-level physics and math without the frustration and boredom of a lecture series. The sound of the podcaster's voice is pleasing and well-produced, the writing is crisp.

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