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New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes

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

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

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

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

Gifts for Mom

Mother’s Day is Around the Corner