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To tame urban traffic, the computer scientist Carlos Gershenson finds that letting transportation systems adapt and self-organize often works better than trying to predict and control them.
Earth’s climate has fluctuated through deep time, pushed by these 10 different causes. Here’s how each compares with modern climate change.
To recognize strange extraterrestrial life and solve biological mysteries on this planet, scientists are searching for an objective definition for life’s basic units.
Quanta’s In Theory video series returns with an exploration of a mysterious mathematical pattern found throughout nature.
Corina Tarnita deciphers bizarre patterns in the soil created by competing life-forms.