Quantitative models built by the mathematical biologist Trachette Jackson can make cancer therapies safer and more effective.

Maggie Chiang for Quanta Magazine

Today’s powerful but little-understood artificial intelligence breakthroughs echo past examples of unexpected scientific progress.

After a search of neutron stars finds preliminary evidence for hypothetical dark matter particles called axions, astrophysicists are devising new ways to spot them.

A new model of learning centers on bursts of neural activity that act as teaching signals — approximating backpropagation, the algorithm behind learning in AI.

When animals move through 3D spaces, the neat system of grid cell activity they use for navigating on flat surfaces gets more disorderly. That has implications for some ideas about memory and other processes.

Built upon the ubiquitous Fourier transform, the mathematical tools known as wavelets allow unprecedented analysis and understanding of continuous signals.

To help them explain the shocking success of deep neural networks, researchers are turning to older but better-understood models of machine learning.

After decades of effort, mathematicians now have a complete understanding of the complicated equations that model the motion of free boundaries, like the one between ice and water.

Benjamin List and David MacMillan received the 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their development of asymmetrical organocatalysis.

Like a perpetual motion machine, a time crystal forever cycles between states without consuming energy. Physicists claim to have built this new phase of matter inside a quantum computer.

How readers used their geometry skills to survive a dangerous puzzle.

Quantitative models built by the mathematical biologist Trachette Jackson can make cancer therapies safer and more effective.

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