137 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.

Quanta Science Podcast Quanta Magazine

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.5, 114 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.

    What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists

    What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists

    Researchers struggle to incorporate ongoing evolutionary discoveries into an animal classification scheme older than Darwin. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Light Gazing” by Andrew Langdon.

    • 25 min
    Bacterial Complexity Revises Ideas About ‘Which Came First?’

    Bacterial Complexity Revises Ideas About ‘Which Came First?’

    Contrary to popular belief, bacteria have organelles too. Scientists are now studying them for insights into how complex cells evolved. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Aimless Amos” by Rondo Brothers.

    • 20 min
    Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems

    Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems

    Surviving fragments of genetic material preserved in sediments allow metagenomics researchers to see the full diversity of past life — even microbes. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Light Gazing” by Andrew Langdon.

    • 24 min
    Computer Scientists Expand the Frontier of Verifiable Knowledge

    Computer Scientists Expand the Frontier of Verifiable Knowledge

    The universe of problems that a computer can check has grown. The researchers’ secret ingredient? Quantum entanglement. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Desert Caravan” by Aaron Kenny.

    • 16 min
    The Hidden Heroines of Chaos

    The Hidden Heroines of Chaos

    Two women programmers played a pivotal role in the birth of chaos theory. Their previously untold story illustrates the changing status of computation in science. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Clover 3” by Vibe Mountain.

    • 19 min
    Heat-Loving Microbes, Once Dormant, Thrive Over Decades-Old Fire

    Heat-Loving Microbes, Once Dormant, Thrive Over Decades-Old Fire

    In harsh ecosystems around the world, microbiologists are finding evidence that “microbial seed banks” protect biodiversity from changing conditions. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Fire Water” by Saidbysed.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
114 Ratings

114 Ratings

Chaim K. ,

Fascinating and informative fun!

Quanta magazine is probably the best and most important science magazine around. The articles are Clever, detailed and legitimate science not just “gee whiz, look how brilliant we all are.”

The writing is top notch and the podcast is like a second dessert filling in the details with a more human touch.

Truly this is the modern model for podcasts in this genre and is destined to win awards just like the written magazine has!

Mark__m ,

Critters be damned!

Is it the mind, or the brain, which came first? Are we scientists or philosophers? Does it even matter?

MIT kid 2010 ,

Blast for science-lovers

I've been blazing through this podcast's back episodes at 1.5 speed, it's really fun!!

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