I'm delighted that Quanta Magazine is once again a finalist in the Webby Awards, this time in two categories: Best Science Website and Best Writing (Editorial). I'm proud of the entire team here — what an honor to be nominated alongside such a stellar group of finalists. If you think Quanta should be recognized for its science journalism and writing, please vote for us at the links below:
Forty Winks Not getting enough shut-eye looks worse and worse for the brain. Those who sleep less than six hours a night in middle age are about 30% more likely to develop dementia in their 70s, Pam Belluck reports for The New York Times. These new results stand alongside earlier work that showed extreme sleep deprivation can even kill. And studies of flies and mice have shown that the trouble often doesn't start in the brain, but in the gut, Veronique Greenwood reported for Quanta in 2020.
Neutron Stars Get a Core Workout The cores of neutron stars may be unexpectedly hard, with their quarks spilling from their neutrons but not flying entirely free, Emily Conover reports for Science News. It's the latest turn in a long debate about what matter does when squeezed to its absolute limits. Gravitational waves are also offering a glimpse into the innards of neutron stars, as Josh Sokol reported for Quanta in 2017.