Articles republished from Quanta Magazine
A new conjecture in physics challenges the leading “theory of everything.”
The concentration of metals in our star will determine when it dies, but scientists struggle to settle on an estimate.
Earth's slipping, sliding outer crust could be key to hosting a wide variety of living things.
When Victoria Meadows needs to ponder life on distant planets, she surrounds herself with earthly vegetation.
Judea Pearl helped artificial intelligence gain a strong grasp on probability, but laments that it still can't compute cause and effect.
The Milky Way's deep past is beginning to come into view.
Information and viruses spread through the body in surprisingly similar ways.
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.