Quanta MagazineTopology How Mathematicians Use Homology to Make Sense of Topology | Quanta Magazine Quanta Magazine - Kelsey Houston-Edwards Originally devised as a rigorous means of counting holes, homology provides a scaffolding for mathematical ideas, allowing for a new way to analyze …

Quanta MagazineGenetics DNA’s Histone Spools Hint at How Complex Cells Evolved Quanta Magazine - Viviane Callier New work shows that histones, long treated as boring spools for DNA, sit at the center of the origin story of eukaryotes and continue to play …

Quanta MagazinePhotons Quantum Double-Slit Experiment Offers Hope for Earth-Size Telescope | Quanta Magazine Quanta Magazine - Thomas Lewton A new proposal would use quantum hard drives to combine the light of multiple telescopes, letting astronomers create incredibly high-resolution …

Quanta MagazineAlbert Einstein How Gravity Is a Double Copy of Other Forces | Quanta Magazine Quanta Magazine - Charlie Wood An enigmatic connection between the forces of nature is allowing physicists to explore gravity’s quantum side. As far as physicists have been able to …

Quanta MagazineBiology Researchers Read the Sugary ‘Language’ on Cell Surfaces | Quanta Magazine Quanta Magazine - Rachel Crowell Glycans, the complex sugars that stud cellular surfaces, are like a language that life uses to mediate vital interactions. Researchers are learning …

Quanta MagazineLanguage How to Rewrite the Laws of Physics in the Language of Impossibility Quanta Magazine - Amanda Gefter Chiara Marletto is trying to build a master theory — a set of ideas so fundamental that all other theories would spring from it. Her first step: …

Quanta MagazineImmune System A Backdoor Lets the Immune System Monitor the Brain Quanta Magazine - Elena Renken A newfound hub of immune system activity at the back of the brain solves a century-old puzzle and offers a possible target for treatments. A hundred …

Quanta MagazineCosmic Quanta Magazine Quanta Magazine - Natalie Wolchover Ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays twist and turn on their way to Earth, which has made it nearly impossible to identify the colossal monsters that create …

Quanta MagazineMathematics New Proof Reveals That Graphs With No Pentagons Are Fundamentally Different Quanta Magazine - Steve Nadis Researchers have proved a special case of the Erdős-Hajnal conjecture, which shows what happens in graphs that exclude anything resembling a pentagon.

Quanta MagazineScience How Maxwell’s Demon Continues to Startle Scientists Quanta Magazine - Jonathan O'Callaghan The thorny thought experiment has been turned into a real experiment — one that physicists use to probe the physics of information. The universe bets …

Quanta MagazinePuzzles The Puzzling Power of Simple Arithmetic Quanta Magazine - Pradeep Mutalik Playing with arithmetic can lead us to unexpected and profound discoveries that point toward deeper mathematics and sometimes even deeper …