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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The background typing during the tunneling episode made it unlistenable.