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The Mathematics of Cake Cutting

Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people

October 13, 2016 — Erica Klarreich and Quanta Magazine

Inspired by Genius: How a Mathematician Found His Way

The mathematician Ken Ono believes that the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan—mathematical savant and two-time college dropout—holds valuable lessons for how we find and reward hidden genius

June 4, 2016 — John Pavlus and Quanta Magazine
Taming Superconductors with String Theory

Taming Superconductors with String Theory

The physicist Subir Sachdev borrows tools from string theory to understand the puzzling behavior of superconductors

February 4, 2016 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine

The Woman Who Stared at Wasps

The biologist Joan Strassmann discusses the evolution of cooperation, how amoebas can teach us about competition, and why the definition of “organism” needs an overhaul

December 1, 2015 — Veronique Greenwood and Quanta Magazine
Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life

A newly discovered class of microbe could help to resolve one of the biggest and most controversial mysteries in evolution—how simple microbes transformed into the complex cells that produced animals, plants and fungi

November 30, 2015 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine

Networks Untangle Malaria's Deadly Shuffle

The world’s most dangerous malaria parasite shuffles its genes in a clever attempt to avoid the immune system. A new approach has begun to reveal how the process works

October 27, 2015 — Veronique Greenwood and Quanta Magazine

How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease

Viruses exist as “mutant clouds” of closely related individuals, an insight that is helping researchers predict where disease is likely to spread

September 14, 2015 — Carrie Arnold and Quanta Magazine

How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

Modern birds appeared to emerge in a snap of evolutionary time. But new research illuminates the long series of evolutionary changes that made the transformation possible

June 12, 2015 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine

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