# Quanta Magazine | Science and Math News

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## Latest Articles

### The Search for What Shook the Earth for Nine Days Straight

Last year, an immense but brief outburst of seismic energy was soon followed by a long hum that made the world ring. Finding its cause took 68 scientists and an assist by the Danish military.

### Novel Architecture Makes Neural Networks More Understandable

By tapping into a decades-old mathematical principle, researchers are hoping that Kolmogorov-Arnold networks will facilitate scientific discovery.

### The Cellular Secret to Resisting the Pressure of the Deep Sea

Cell membranes from comb jellies reveal a new kind of adaptation to the deep sea: curvy lipids that conform to an ideal shape under pressure.

### ‘Groups’ Underpin Modern Math. Here’s How They Work.

What do the integers have in common with the symmetries of a triangle? In the 19th century, mathematicians invented groups as an answer to this question.

### The First Nuclear Clock Will Test if Fundamental Constants Change

An ultra-precise measurement of a transition in the hearts of thorium atoms gives physicists a tool to probe the forces that bind the universe.

### Perplexing the Web, One Probability Puzzle at a Time

The mathematician Daniel Litt has driven social media users to distraction with a series of simple-seeming but counterintuitive probability puzzles.

### Do We Need a New Theory of Gravity?

### Computer Scientists Prove That Heat Destroys Quantum Entanglement

While devising a new quantum algorithm, four researchers accidentally established a hard limit on entanglement.

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### Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Explain Value of Shock Therapy

Electroconvulsive therapy is highly effective in treating major depressive disorder, but no one knows why it works. New research suggests it may restore balance between excitation and inhibition in the brain.

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### The Quest to Decode the Mandelbrot Set, Math’s Famed Fractal

For decades, a small group of mathematicians has patiently unraveled the mystery of what was once math’s most popular picture. Their story shows how technology transforms even the most abstract mathematical landscapes.

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