Dave Whyte for Quanta Magazine
Pure, verifiable randomness is hard to come by. Two proposals show how to make quantum computers into randomness factories.
In just three pages, a Russian mathematician has presented a better way to color certain types of networks than many experts thought possible.
A recent challenge to Stephen Hawking’s biggest idea — about how the universe might have come from nothing — has cosmologists choosing sides.
An experiment caught a quantum system in the middle of a jump — something the originators of quantum mechanics assumed was impossible.
Decades after the landmark proof of Fermat’s Last Theorem, ideas abound for how to make it even more reliable. But such efforts reflect a deep misunderstanding of what makes the proof so important.
Viruses and other parasites may sync with their host’s biological clock — or reset it — to gain an advantage.
Surviving fragments of genetic material preserved in sediments allow scientists to see the full diversity of past life — even microbes.
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