Our reporters discuss the role of serendipity in science, how to cover the iterative nature of research, and what the quantum internet might become.

In this episode:

01:31 Luck

Can we quantify luck in science? Can we harness it in the discovery process? Editorial: The serendipity test

11:30 The first flower

Researchers are debating what the first flower might have looked like. How should reporters cover contentious issues? Is there a duty to follow every iteration in developing story? News: Debate blooms over anatomy of the world’s first flower

18:23 The quantum internet

What is the quantum internet? What might it let us do? How do we avoid overhyping it? Feature: The quantum internet has arrived (and it hasn’t); Science News: Welcome to the Quantum Internet

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