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Evolution Is an Opportunist

A computational study reveals surprising flexibility hidden within metabolic networks, providing new evidence for an evolutionary concept called exaptation

September 5, 2013 — Wynne Parry and Quanta Magazine

Mathematical Impressions: Goldberg Polyhedra [Video]

Because of their aesthetic appeal, organic feel and easily understood structure, Goldberg polyhedra have a surprising number of applications ranging from golf-ball dimple patterns to nuclear-particle detector arrays...

June 25, 2013 — George Hart and Quanta Magazine

Tiny Genomes May Offer Clues to First Plants and Animals

Symbiotic bacteria that dwell within insect cells are intricately intertwined with their hosts, prompting scientists to question when these bacteria stop being bona fide organisms and become part of the cell...

June 24, 2013 — Emily Singer and Quanta Magazine

Follow That Bike!

The direction a bicycle has traveled can be determined by examining its tracks and thinking about tangent lines, geometric constraints and the bike's steering mechanism

April 23, 2013 — George Hart and Quanta Magazine

Classical Computing Embraces Quantum Ideas

"Thinking quantumly" can lead to new insights into long-standing problems in classical computer science, mathematics and cryptography, regardless of whether quantum computers ever materialize...

December 28, 2012 — Natalie Wolchover and Quanta Magazine
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