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.

A new theory proposes that the quantum properties of an object extend into an “atmosphere” that surrounds the material.

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.

Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.

How much stock should we put in mathematical models of evolution that have not been validated by rigorous empirical data?

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