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.
One Lab’s Quest to Build Space-Time Out of Quantum Particles
For over two decades, physicists have pondered how the fabric of space-time may emerge from some kind of quantum entanglement. In Monika Schleier-Smith’s lab at Stanford University, the thought experiment is becoming real. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain.
The New Thermodynamic Understanding of Clocks
Studies of the simplest possible clocks have revealed their fundamental limitations — as well as insights into the nature of time itself. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Aimless Amos” by Rondo Brothers.
The Brain Doesn’t Think the Way You Think It Does
Familiar categories of mental functions such as perception, memory and attention reflect our experience of ourselves, but they are misleading about how the brain works. More revealing approaches are emerging. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Pulse” by Geographer.
Eternal Change for No Energy: A Time Crystal Finally Made Real
Like a perpetual motion machine, a time crystal forever cycles between states without consuming energy. Physicists claim to have built this new phase of matter inside a quantum computer. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Cast of Pods” by Doug Maxwell.
How Many Numbers Exist? Infinity Proof Moves Math Closer to an Answer.
For 50 years, mathematicians have believed that the total number of real numbers is unknowable. A new proof suggests otherwise. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Good Times” by Patrick Patrikios.
DNA Has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth.
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.
The right blend of breadth and depth. Clear enough to give the lay person an introduction but “meaty” enough to merit multiple listens and provide a great jumping off point for more information.
Will not disappoint
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.