Klaus Kremmerz for Quanta Magazine
Two mathematicians have found what they say is a hole at the heart of a proof that has convulsed the mathematics community for nearly six years.
A visual prank exposes an Achilles’ heel of computer vision systems: Unlike humans, they can’t do a double take.
Maria-Luiza Pedrotti is illuminating the unseen worlds of plastic-eating bacteria that teem in massive ocean garbage patches.
Gene-sequence data is changing the way that botanists think about their classification schemes. A recent name-change for a common houseplant resulted from the discovery that it belonged in an overlooked genus.
Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.
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