171 episodes

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.

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    • 4.6 • 193 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.

    Virus DNA

    Virus DNA

    The DNA of some viruses doesn’t use the same four nucleotide bases found in all other life. New work shows how this exception is possible and hints that it could be more common than we think. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Hidden Agenda” by Kevin MacLeod.

    • 15 min
    QFT Theory

    QFT Theory

    The accelerating effort to understand the mathematics of quantum field theory will have profound consequences for both math and physics. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Pulse” by Geographer.

    • 36 min
    Radioactive Life

    Radioactive Life

    New work suggests that the radiolytic splitting of water supports giant subsurface ecosystems of life on Earth — and could do it elsewhere, too. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.

    • 23 min
    Giant Flower Genome

    Giant Flower Genome

    The bizarre genome of the world’s most mysterious flowering plants shows how far parasites will go in stealing, deleting and duplicating DNA. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Who’s Using Who” by the Mini Vandals.

    • 24 min
    Plate Tectonics

    Plate Tectonics

    New data indicating that Earth’s surface broke up about 3.2 billion years ago helps clarify how plate tectonics drove the evolution of complex life. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Pulse” by Geographer.

    • 21 min
    Trilayer Graphene

    Trilayer Graphene

    An unexpected superconductor was beginning to look like a fluke, but a new theory and a second discovery have revealed that emergent quasiparticles may be behind the effect. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Racing the Clock” by The Green Orbs.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
193 Ratings

193 Ratings

Mt. Shasta ,

Great Writing from the Edge of Knowledge

My new favorite science podcast. Great writing that goes deep into a subject and tries to convey some of the more complex nuances of current scientific thinking. If you like this podcast also check out Scientific Odyssey for a great science history podcast.

Bklyn guy ,

Great content, but...

The content is great. But during interviews it sounds like someone is transcribing whoever is speaking and the microphone is picking up the keyboard typing.

MarkChicagoIL ,

Background Typing

The background typing during the tunneling episode made it unlistenable.

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