Articles republished from Quanta Magazine
For two decades, one research team has detected collisions between dark and ordinary matter—but no one else can replicate their findings.
Using the wrong method to analyze a data set can yield misleading results. So one researcher is championing an approach that works for nearly everything.
Physicists have long grappled with the perplexingly small weight of empty space.
The experiment would confirm that gravity is a quantum force.
The challenges of moving bots off the chess board and into the mess of life
New evidence challenges one of the most celebrated ideas in network science.
Our universe could be expanding and contracting eternally.
A friendly group of the wild desert dogs could help tease apart domestication’s mysterious first steps.
Physicists are looking far beyond solids, liquids, and gases.
With the technology to add new bases to DNA, scientists now have to figure out if it’s possible to improve on nature’s genetic code.
String theory is considered the leading “theory of everything,” but there’s still no empirical evidence for it.
New evidence challenges the oldest law of genetics.
Colliding neutron stars could settle the biggest debate in cosmology.
New genetic evidence suggests our mysterious ancient cousins were more resilient—and more humanlike—than previously thought.
And why did it slow down?
The rise of new extremist groups is an impetus and a test case for physical models of terrorism and insurgency.
The Dark Energy Survey is the start of the next era of cosmology.
After decades of what seemed to be settled science, there’s new, conflicting evidence for how the moon might have formed.
An astrophysicist wants to test what happens when things get too close to a dense, dark lump at the center of the Milky Way.
Understanding the forces that shape infection-causing bacterial fortresses could reveal their subtle weaknesses.
An evolutionary biologist studies how flocks of birds, slime molds, networks of neurons, and other biological collectives jointly process information.