David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.

How Did Life Begin on Earth?

David Kaplan explores the leading theories for the origin of life on our planet.


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Pencils Down: Channa Comer Teaching About Scientific Controls

What’s a control? Channa Comer challenges her students to explain and work things out for themselves.

Pencils Down: Experiments in Education

Pencils Down: The Art of Teaching Math and Science

What can we learn from the best teachers on the front lines? To shine a spotlight on this linchpin of our education system, Quanta Magazine followed four master science and math teachers into their classrooms.

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Peter and Rosemary Grant: Watching Evolution Happen in Two Lifetimes

Peter and Rosemary Grant explain how our understanding of evolution has changed in their lifetimes.

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Tracy Slatyer: A Seeker of Dark Matter’s Hidden Light

Tracy Slatyer explains why she’s not disappointed when a mysterious cosmic signal turns out to be something other than dark matter.

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Miranda Cheng: A Moonshine Master Toys With String Theory

Miranda Cheng explains what umbral moonshine is and how it might illuminate string theory.

In Theory

How Does Life Come From Randomness?

David Kaplan explains how the law of increasing entropy could drive random bits of matter into the stable, orderly structures of life.

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Suchitra Sebastian: An Explorer of Quantum Borderlands

Suchitra Sebastian talks about how extreme conditions can create unexpected quantum behavior.

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Ken Ono: A Life Inspired by an Unexpected Genius

Ken Ono explains how Ramanujan has served as his “guardian angel” throughout his life and career.

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Janna Levin on Science and Culture

Janna Levin talks about her roles as scientific director at a “center for art and innovation” in Brooklyn and as a physicist and writer.