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
Scientists are beginning to grasp the biomechanics that allow birds to maneuver in the air.
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.
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.
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.
Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow
Mathematicians recently figured out a near-optimal way to go with the flow.
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.
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