<p>Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.</p>
Multimedia

Journey to the Birth of the Solar System

Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.

<p>Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head. </p>
cognitive science

The Thoughts of a Spiderweb

Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head.

<p>A series of observations at the very edge of the universe has reignited a debate over what lifted the primordial cosmic fog.</p>
astrophysics

Discoveries Fuel Fight Over Universe’s First Light

A series of observations at the very edge of the universe has reignited a debate over what lifted the primordial cosmic fog.

<p>Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin. To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry.</p>
Q&A

A Defense of the Reality of Time

Time isn’t just another dimension, argues Tim Maudlin. To make his case, he’s had to reinvent geometry.

<p>The proteins that unravel as the temperature starts to rise turn out to be among the most vital. </p>
molecular biology

How Heat Kills Cells

The proteins that unravel as the temperature starts to rise turn out to be among the most vital.

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<p>Answering three questions can help reveal how the “inheritance of acquired characteristic” fits into modern evolutionary theory. </p>
insights puzzle

Can Darwinian Evolution Explain Lamarckism?

Answering three questions can help reveal how the “inheritance of acquired characteristic” fits into modern evolutionary theory.

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astrophysics

A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold

For decades, researchers believed that violent supernovas forged gold and other heavy elements. But many now argue for a different cosmic quarry.

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Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Do You Love or Hate Math and Science?

Quanta Magazine invites readers to share about their early math and science learning experiences and to explore the interactive survey results.

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