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.
Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem
It took a graduate student less than a week to answer a long-standing question about a strange knot discovered over half a century ago by the legendary John Conway. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Retro” by Wayne Jones.
The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves
Rogue waves — enigmatic giants of the sea — were thought to be caused by two different mechanisms. But a new idea that borrows from the hinterlands of probability theory has the potential to predict them all. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.
Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons
The dendritic arms of some human neurons can perform logic operations that once seemed to require whole neural networks. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Thought Bot” by Audionautix.
Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math
Three physicists wanted to calculate how neutrinos change. They ended up discovering an unexpected relationship between some of the most ubiquitous objects in math. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.
Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?
A tool known as BERT can now beat humans on advanced reading-comprehension tests. But it's also revealed how far AI has to go. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “If I Had a Chicken” by Kevin MacLeod.
How Jurassic Plankton Stole Control of the Ocean’s Chemistry
Only 170 million years ago, new plankton evolved. Their demand for carbon and calcium permanently transformed the seas as homes for life. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.
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