## "Smarticle" Robot Swarms Turn Random Behavior into Collective Intelligence

New algorithms show how very simple robots can be made to work together as a group

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New algorithms show how very simple robots can be made to work together as a group

February 18, 2018 — Ben Rollins and Quanta Magazine

Mathematician Richard Schwartz explains why he loves problems he can start solving right away, and how computers can help

January 17, 2018 — Kevin Hartnett ، Quanta Magazine

Smell receptors in kidneys sniff out signals from gut bacteria for cues to moderate blood pressure

December 14, 2017 — Veronique Greenwood and Quanta Magazine

The findings add to the longstanding debate over which were the first self-replicating molecules

November 12, 2017 — Jordana Cepelewicz and Quanta Magazine

Not getting a flu shot could endanger more than just one’s own health, herd immunity calculations show

November 1, 2017 — Tara C. Smith and Quanta Magazine

Minor genetic changes can have big evolutionary consequences. When a gene duplication gave some water striders a novel leg part, it opened up a new world for them

October 25, 2017 — Viviane Callier and Quanta Magazine

Proof rests on a surprising link between infinity size and the complexity of mathematical theories

September 16, 2017 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine

With electrical signals, cells can organize themselves into complex societies and negotiate with other colonies

September 9, 2017 — Gabriel Popkin and Quanta Magazine

A mathematician and her collaborators figured out how to predict electrons’ behavior by studying the mathematics of waves

August 30, 2017 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine

If gut bacteria can sway their hosts to be selfless, it could answer a riddle that goes back to Darwin

July 17, 2017 — Elizabeth Svoboda and Quanta Magazine

An unexpected mechanism allows wasps to rapidly co-opt genes for new toxic functions

July 10, 2017 — Christie Wilcox and Quanta Magazine

The computational immunologist Purvesh Khatri embraces messy data as a way to capture the messiness of disease. As a result, he’s making elusive genomic discoveries

June 12, 2017 — Esther Landhuis and Quanta Magazine

For centuries mathematicians tried to solve problems by adding new values to the usual numbers. Now they’re investigating the unintended consequences of that tinkering

March 15, 2017 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine

Proteins work like rigid keys to activate cellular functions—or so everyone thought

January 26, 2017 — Alla Katsnelson and Quanta Magazine

Feldman creates mathematical models that reveal how cultural traditions can affect the evolution of a species

January 12, 2017 — Elizabeth Svoboda and Quanta Magazine

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

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

The mathematician is a scientific matchmaker, famous for collaborating with researchers from many disciplines and pairing others

March 9, 2016 — Siobhan Roberts and Quanta Magazine

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

February 4, 2016 — Kevin Hartnett and Quanta Magazine

So-called “supercoils” change the behavior of DNA, opening a new role for topology in the study of life

January 12, 2016 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine