Ashley Mackenzie for Quanta Magazine
The brain can’t directly encode the passage of time, but recent work hints at a workaround for putting timestamps on memories of events.
The new work promises to give researchers a better grip on the core mystery of quantum mechanics.
A graduate student has helped illuminate a long-suspected connection between addition and multiplication.
If highly repetitive gene-regulating sequences in DNA are easily lost, that may explain why some adaptations evolve quickly and repeatedly.
Priyamvada Natarajan has pioneered the mapping and modeling of the universe’s invisible contents, especially dark matter and supermassive black holes.
Neural networks can be as unpredictable as they are powerful. Now mathematicians are beginning to reveal how a neural network’s form will influence its function.
People have known about magnets since ancient times, but the physics of ferromagnetism remains a mystery. Now a familiar puzzle is getting physicists closer to the answer.
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