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Renee Reijo Pera has spent decades uncovering how the timing of embryonic development contributes to health and disease.
Oil droplets guided by “pilot waves” have failed to reproduce the results of the quantum double-slit experiment, crushing a century-old dream that there exists a single, concrete reality.
The mystery of ’Oumuamua, the first interstellar object ever observed, continues to deepen.
New work at the intersection of atmospheric science and ecology is finding that forests can influence rainfall and climate from across a continent.
Urmila Mahadev spent eight years in graduate school solving one of the most basic questions in quantum computation: How do you know whether a quantum computer has done anything quantum at all?
The new finding is challenging established theories of how planets come to be.
Paradoxically, the abundance of tight interactions among living species usually leads to disasters in ecological models. New analyses hint at how nature seemingly defies the math.
A new theory proposes that the quantum properties of an object extend into an “atmosphere” that surrounds the material.
Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.
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