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Susan Valot narrates in-depth news episodes based on Quanta Magazine's articles about mathematics, physics, biology and computer science.

Episode Date
Why the Human Brain Perceives Small Numbers Better
Apr 17, 2024
Inside Scientists' Life-Saving Prediction of the Iceland Eruption
Apr 03, 2024
Echoes of Electromagnetism Found in Number Theory
Mar 20, 2024
Tiny Language Models Come of Age
Mar 06, 2024
Rogue Worlds Throw Planetary Ideas Out of Orbit
Feb 21, 2024
What Makes Life Tick? Mitochondria May Keep Time for Cells
Feb 07, 2024
An Old Conjecture Falls, Making Spheres a Lot More Complicated
Jan 24, 2024
Even Synthetic Life Forms With a Tiny Genome Can Evolve
Jan 10, 2024
Selfish, Virus-Like DNA Can Carry Genes Between Species
Dec 20, 2023
Exoplanets Could Help Us Learn How Planets Make Magnetism
Dec 06, 2023
To Move Fast, Quantum Maze Solvers Must Forget the Past
Nov 21, 2023
Underground Cells Make 'Dark Oxygen' Without Light
Nov 08, 2023
How the Brain Protects Itself From Blood-Borne Threats
Oct 25, 2023
JWST Spots Giant Black Holes All Over the Early Universe
Oct 11, 2023
Is It Real or Imagined? How Your Brain Tells the Difference.
Sep 27, 2023
Chatbots Don't Know What Stuff Isn't
Sep 13, 2023
Global Microbiome Study Gives New View of Shared Health Risks
Aug 30, 2023
Physicists Use Quantum Mechanics to Pull Energy out of Nothing
Aug 16, 2023
How Loneliness Reshapes the Brain
Aug 02, 2023
Gene Expression in Neurons Solves a Brain Evolution Puzzle
Jul 19, 2023
Machines Learn Better if We Teach Them the Basics
Jul 05, 2023
The Cause of Depression Is Probably Not What You Think
Jun 21, 2023
Ants Live 10 Times Longer by Altering Their Insulin Responses
Jun 07, 2023
How the Brain Distinguishes Memories From Perceptions
May 24, 2023
What Causes Alzheimer's? Scientists Are Rethinking the Answer. (Pt 2)
May 10, 2023
What Causes Alzheimer's? Scientists Are Rethinking the Answer. (Pt. 1)
Apr 26, 2023
Astronomers Say They Have Spotted the Universe's First Stars
Apr 12, 2023
New Chip Expands the Possibilities for AI
Mar 29, 2023
How Supergenes Fuel Evolution Despite Harmful Mutations
Mar 15, 2023
Brightest-Ever Space Explosion Reveals Possible Hints of Dark Matter
Mar 01, 2023
Inside the Proton, the 'Most Complicated Thing You Could Possibly Imagine'
Feb 16, 2023
High-Temperature Superconductivity Understood at Last
Feb 01, 2023
Record-Breaking Robot Highlights How Animals Excel at Jumping
Jan 18, 2023
A Good Memory or a Bad One? One Brain Molecule Decides.
Jan 04, 2023
Old Problem About Mathematical Curves Falls to Young Couple
Dec 21, 2022
How the Physics of Nothing Underlies Everything
Dec 07, 2022
Geometric Analysis Reveals How Birds Mastered Flight
Nov 23, 2022
How the 'Diamond of the Plant World' Helped Land Plants Evolve
Nov 09, 2022
Protein Blobs Linked to Alzheimer's Affect Aging in All Cells
Oct 26, 2022
The Brain Has a 'Low-Power Mode' That Blunts Our Senses
Oct 12, 2022
Researchers Achieve 'Absurdly Fast' Algorithm for Network Flow
Sep 28, 2022
Graduate Student's Side Project Proves Prime Number Conjecture
Sep 14, 2022
Physicists Rewrite the Fundamental Law That Leads to Disorder
Aug 31, 2022
Secrets of the Moon's Permanent Shadows Are Coming to Light
Aug 17, 2022
Deep Learning Poised to 'Blow Up' Famed Fluid Equations
Aug 03, 2022
Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography
Jul 19, 2022
Brain Chemical Helps Signal to Neurons When to Start a Movement
Jul 06, 2022
This Animal's Behavior Is Mechanically Programmed
Jun 22, 2022
Tiny Galaxies Reveal Secrets of Supermassive Black Holes
Jun 08, 2022
A Deepening Crisis Forces Physicists to Rethink Structure of Nature's Laws
May 25, 2022
New Map of Meaning in the Brain Changes Ideas About Memory
May 11, 2022
Machine Learning Gets a Quantum Speedup
Apr 27, 2022
Secrets of Early Animal Evolution Revealed by Chromosome 'Tectonics'
Apr 14, 2022
A Solution to the Faint-Sun Paradox Reveals a Narrow Window for Life
Mar 31, 2022
Evolution 'Landscapes' Predict What's Next for COVID Virus
Mar 18, 2022
Flying Fish and Aquarium Pets Yield Secrets of Evolution
Mar 03, 2022
Mathematicians Outwit Hidden Number Conspiracy
Feb 17, 2022
Mathematician Hurls Structure and Disorder Into Century-Old Problem
Feb 03, 2022
Researchers Defeat Randomness to Create Ideal Code
Jan 20, 2022
The Brain Processes Speech in Parallel With Other Sounds
Jan 06, 2022
Biologists Rethink the Logic Behind Cells' Molecular Signals
Dec 23, 2021
A Massive Subterranean ‘Tree’ Is Moving Magma to Earth’s Surface
Dec 09, 2021
One Lab’s Quest to Build Space-Time Out of Quantum Particles
Nov 24, 2021
The New Thermodynamic Understanding of Clocks
Nov 11, 2021
The Brain Doesn’t Think the Way You Think It Does
Oct 28, 2021
Eternal Change for No Energy: A Time Crystal Finally Made Real
Oct 14, 2021
How Many Numbers Exist? Infinity Proof Moves Math Closer to an Answer.
Sep 30, 2021
DNA Has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth.
Sep 16, 2021
The Mystery at the Heart of Physics That Only Math Can Solve
Sep 02, 2021
Radioactivity May Fuel Life Deep Underground and Inside Other Worlds
Aug 19, 2021
DNA of Giant ‘Corpse Flower’ Parasite Surprises Biologists
Aug 05, 2021
Scientists Pin Down When Earth’s Crust Cracked, Then Came to Life
Jul 22, 2021
A New Twist Reveals Superconductivity’s Secrets
Jul 08, 2021
Statistics Postdoc Tames Decades-Old Geometry Problem
Jun 24, 2021
Mathematicians Set Numbers in Motion to Unlock Their Secrets
Jun 10, 2021
Artificial Neural Nets Finally Yield Clues to How Brains Learn
May 27, 2021
Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Hold Clues to Persistent Mysteries
May 13, 2021
Rumbles on Mars Raise Hopes of Underground Magma Flows
Apr 29, 2021
Mathematicians Resurrect Hilbert’s 13th Problem
Apr 15, 2021
A Newfound Source of Cellular Order in the Chemistry of Life
Apr 01, 2021
The Mystery of Mistletoe’s Missing Genes
Mar 18, 2021
The New History of the Milky Way
Mar 04, 2021
Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology
Feb 18, 2021
The Most Famous Paradox in Physics Nears Its End
Feb 04, 2021
Quantum Tunnels Show How Particles Can Break the Speed of Light
Jan 21, 2021
Computer Scientists Break Traveling Salesperson Record
Jan 07, 2021
Mitochondria May Hold Keys to Anxiety and Mental Health
Dec 16, 2020
The Hidden Magnetic Universe Begins to Come Into View
Dec 03, 2020
Graduate Student Solves Decades-Old Conway Knot Problem
Nov 19, 2020
The Grand Unified Theory of Rogue Waves
Nov 05, 2020
Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons
Oct 22, 2020
Neutrinos Lead to Unexpected Discovery in Basic Math
Oct 08, 2020
Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?
Sep 24, 2020
How Jurassic Plankton Stole Control of the Ocean’s Chemistry
Sep 10, 2020
To Pay Attention, the Brain Uses Filters, Not a Spotlight
Aug 27, 2020
Fossil DNA Reveals New Twists in Modern Human Origins
Aug 13, 2020
For Embryo's Cells, Size Can Determine Fate
Jul 30, 2020
Scientists Debate the Origin of Cell Types in the First Animals
Jul 16, 2020
Wandering Space Rocks Help Solve Mysteries of Planet Formation
Jul 02, 2020
Random Surfaces Hide an Intricate Order
Jun 18, 2020
Where We See Shapes, AI Sees Textures
Jun 04, 2020
What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists
May 21, 2020
Bacterial Complexity Revises Ideas About ‘Which Came First?’
May 07, 2020
Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems
Apr 23, 2020
Computer Scientists Expand the Frontier of Verifiable Knowledge
Apr 09, 2020
The Hidden Heroines of Chaos
Mar 26, 2020
Heat-Loving Microbes, Once Dormant, Thrive Over Decades-Old Fire
Mar 12, 2020
Scientists Discover Exotic New Patterns of Synchronization
Feb 27, 2020
Cryptography That Is Provably Secure
Feb 06, 2020
The Math That Tells Cells What They Are
Jan 30, 2020
How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science
Jan 16, 2020
A World Without Clouds
Jan 02, 2020
How the Brain Creates a Timeline of the Past
Dec 19, 2019
Foundations Built for a General Theory of Neural Networks
Dec 05, 2019
The Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces
Nov 21, 2019
Milestone Experiment Proves Quantum Communication Really Is Faster
Nov 07, 2019
Mathematical Simplicity May Drive Evolution’s Speed
Oct 31, 2019
Should Evolution Treat Our Microbes as Part of Us?
Sep 26, 2019
A Universal Law for the ‘Blood of the Earth’
Sep 26, 2019
Amateur Mathematician Finds Smallest Universal Cover
Sep 06, 2019
In the Nucleus, Genes’ Activity Might Depend on Their Location
Aug 29, 2019
Machine Learning Confronts the Elephant in the Room
Aug 15, 2019
The New Science of Seeing Around Corners
Aug 01, 2019
Major Quantum Computing Advance Made Obsolete by Teenager
Jul 18, 2019
A Math Theory for Why People Hallucinate
Jul 05, 2019
Closed Loophole Confirms the Unreality of the Quantum World
Jun 20, 2019
To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget
Jun 06, 2019
The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature
May 23, 2019
To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future
May 09, 2019
Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve
Apr 25, 2019
Why Earth’s Cracked Crust May Be Essential for Life
Apr 11, 2019
Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks the Brain Out of Sync
Mar 28, 2019
A New World’s Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine
Mar 14, 2019
A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate
Feb 28, 2019
Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos
Feb 14, 2019
Decades-Old Graph Problem Yields to Amateur Mathematician
Jan 31, 2019
Oxygen and Stem Cells May Have Reshaped Early Complex Animals
Jan 03, 2019
To Test Einstein’s Equations, Poke a Black Hole
Jan 03, 2019
Physicists Find a Way to See the ‘Grin’ of Quantum Gravity
Dec 06, 2018
Quanta Writers and Editors Discuss Trends in Science and Math
Nov 22, 2018
Why Don’t Patients Get Sick in Sync? Modelers Find Statistical Clues.
Nov 08, 2018
Why Artificial Intelligence Like AlphaZero Has Trouble With the Real World
Oct 25, 2018
Scant Evidence of Power Laws Found in Real-World Networks
Oct 11, 2018
Smart Swarms Seek New Ways to Cooperate
Sep 27, 2018
How the Universe Got Its Bounce Back
Aug 30, 2018
A Domesticated Dingo? No, but Some Are Getting Less Wild
Aug 09, 2018
Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start
Jul 05, 2018
Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations
Jun 21, 2018
Light-Triggered Genes Reveal the Hidden Workings of Memory
Jun 07, 2018
Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics
May 31, 2018
How Bacteria Help Regulate Blood Pressure
May 10, 2018
Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law
Apr 26, 2018
A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer
Apr 12, 2018
Best-Ever Algorithm Found for Huge Streams of Data
Mar 29, 2018
Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes
Mar 15, 2018
Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth
Mar 13, 2018
New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning
Mar 01, 2018
Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious
Feb 16, 2018
Mathematicians Tame Rogue Waves, Lighting Up Future of LEDs
Feb 01, 2018
Interspecies Hybrids Play a Vital Role in Evolution
Jan 18, 2018
What Made the Moon? New Ideas Try to Rescue a Troubled Theory
Nov 17, 2017
In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium
Oct 12, 2017
Pentagon Tiling Proof Solves Century-Old Math Problem
Sep 21, 2017
Can Microbes Encourage Altruism?
Aug 31, 2017
Dark Matter Recipe Calls for One Part Superfluid
Aug 25, 2017
A Puzzle of Clever Connections Nears a Happy End
Jul 20, 2017
The Thoughts of a Spiderweb
Jul 13, 2017
How to Quantify (and Fight) Gerrymandering
Jun 29, 2017
A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost
Jun 01, 2017
A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold
May 18, 2017
Why Did Life Move to Land? For the View
Apr 06, 2017
New Number Systems Seek Their Lost Primes
Mar 30, 2017
Researchers Tap a Sleep Switch in the Brain
Mar 16, 2017
Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness
Mar 09, 2017
To Live Your Best Life, Do Mathematics
Mar 02, 2017
Dividing Droplets Could Explain Life’s Origin
Feb 23, 2017
Infant Brains Reveal How the Mind Gets Built
Feb 16, 2017
3-D Fractals Offer Clues to Complex Systems
Feb 09, 2017
Grand Unification Dream Kept at Bay
Feb 02, 2017
The Art of Teaching Math and Science
Jan 26, 2017
The Case Against Dark Matter
Dec 08, 2016
What Sonic Black Holes Say About Real Ones
Nov 24, 2016
Giant Genetic Map Shows Life’s Hidden Links
Nov 17, 2016
How to Cut Cake Fairly and Finally Eat It Too
Nov 10, 2016
Strange Dark Galaxy Puzzles Astrophysicists
Oct 27, 2016
Hacker-Proof Code Confirmed
Oct 20, 2016
Colliding Black Holes Tell New Story of Stars
Oct 13, 2016
The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions
Sep 22, 2016
What No New Particles Means for Physics
Sep 15, 2016
A Debate Over the Physics of Time
Sep 08, 2016
Biologists Search for New Model Organisms
Aug 18, 2016
Neutrinos Hint of Matter-Antimatter Rift
Aug 11, 2016
A Bird’s-Eye View of Nature’s Hidden Order
Aug 05, 2016
How Feynman Diagrams Almost Saved Space
Jul 28, 2016
The Oracle of Arithmetic
Jul 21, 2016
New Life Found That Lives Off Electricity
Jul 07, 2016
Simple Set Game Proof Stuns Mathematicians
Jun 17, 2016
How Neanderthal DNA Helps Humanity
Jun 09, 2016
New Support for Alternative Quantum View
Jun 02, 2016
New Evidence for the Necessity of Loneliness
May 26, 2016
Tiny Tests Seek the Universe’s Big Mysteries
May 12, 2016
A Secret Flexibility Found in Life’s Blueprints
May 05, 2016
Physicists Hunt for the Big Bang’s Triangles
Apr 28, 2016
Debate Intensifies Over Dark Disk Theory
Apr 21, 2016
Mapping the Brain to Build Better Machines
Apr 14, 2016
Sphere Packing Solved in Higher Dimensions
Apr 07, 2016
The Beasts That Keep the Beat
Mar 31, 2016
A Life in Games
Mar 24, 2016
Mathematicians Discover Prime Conspiracy
Mar 24, 2016
After Black Holes Collide, a Puzzling Flash
Mar 10, 2016
The Quantum Secret to Superconductivity
Mar 03, 2016
How to Build Life in a Pre-Darwinian World
Feb 25, 2016
Gravitational Waves Discovered at Long Last
Feb 18, 2016
Scientists Debate Signatures of Alien Life
Feb 11, 2016
New Clues to How the Brain Maps Time
Feb 04, 2016
Quantum Weirdness Now a Matter of Time
Jan 28, 2016
String Theory Meets Loop Quantum Gravity
Jan 21, 2016
Landmark Algorithm Breaks 30-Year Impasse
Jan 14, 2016
Math Quartet Joins Forces on Unified Theory
Dec 17, 2015
The Incredible Shrinking Sex Chromosome
Dec 10, 2015
Nature’s Critical Warning System
Nov 26, 2015
How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains
Nov 19, 2015
Mongrel Microbe Tests Story of Complex Life
Nov 12, 2015
Theorists Draw Closer to Perfect Coloring
Nov 05, 2015
A Twisted Path to Equation-Free Prediction
Oct 22, 2015
The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death
Oct 15, 2015
A New Map Traces the Limits of Computation
Oct 08, 2015
Visions of Future Physics
Oct 01, 2015
How the Body’s Trillions of Clocks Keep Time
Sep 25, 2015
Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity
Sep 16, 2015
A New Design for Cryptography’s Black Box
Sep 10, 2015
How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease
Sep 03, 2015
A Surprise Source of Life’s Code
Aug 27, 2015
How Life and Luck Changed Earth’s Minerals
Aug 20, 2015
At Tiny Scales, a Giant Burst on Tree of Life
Aug 06, 2015
New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet
Jul 30, 2015
The New Laws of Explosive Networks
Jul 30, 2015