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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
    • 4.6 • 291 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

4.6 out of 5
291 Ratings

291 Ratings

jersey4878 ,

Phenomenal podcast.

A great science podcast. Interesting topics that are thoroughly discussed. A serious source that isn’t dumbed down.

G-LJ ,

Only remaining in depth treatment of science

In recent years almost all scientific podcasts have tended to dumb things down as time progressed to the point that even professional scientists found some of them incomprehensible. This however is not true for Quanta magazine which has kept up standards of high quality information that covers the nuances and the logic behind the important issues and the evidence that supports the evolving views of all kinds of disciplines of fast changing science. This is truly scientific reporting done right and the measure by which all other scientific reporting should be measured today in the 2020’s.

Jjjhoyt ,

Amazing!

Real mental challenge to follow in the best possible way. It’s cutting edge. Incredible range of topics intelligently written about, and read. Usually this non STEM person (me) can just about follow what’s going on, often I relisten to episodes because they’re jam packed.

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