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Physics

Neon ice shows promise as new qubit platform

May 11, 2022
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This new system shows great promise to be developed into ideal building blocks for future quantum computers.

Computational Biology

Scientists identify genetic variants linked to mobility changes in aging

May 11, 2022
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Study suggests changes in strength and mobility may depend on genetic variations in a critical mitochondrial enzyme and provides a new biomarker linked to age-related muscle health.

Neuroscience

A ‘factory reset’ for the brain cures anxiety, drinking behavior

May 11, 2022
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Gene editing may be a potential treatment for anxiety and alcohol use disorder in adults who were exposed to binge drinking in their adolescence

Evolutionary Science

Chronic larval crowding in fruit flies steers evolution

May 4, 2022
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Study finds that populations of insects that experience chronic larval crowding all evolve to give rise to larger and faster hatching eggs, even though they vary in other adaptations.

Astronomy

Scientists spot a new member belonging to rare group of young stars

May 4, 2022
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A newly discovered episodically accreting young star could help probe this rare group in more details

Neuroscience

Seven hours of sleep is optimal in middle and old age

May 4, 2022
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According to study, too little or too much sleep associated with poorer cognitive performance and mental health

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence today is ubiquitous

May 4, 2022
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AI is both a rapidly advancing research domain and an accelerator of innovation in other disciplines and industry sectors.

Opinion

Opinion: How colonialism is a major cause of domestic abuse against women around the world

May 4, 2022
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Dr Jenevieve Mannell (UCL Institute for Global Health) explores the troubling connections between violence against women and the legacy of colonialism

Neuroscience

A new mutation behind synucleinopathies

May 4, 2022
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Scientists have carried out an extensive study of a newly discovered mutation that can uncover new insights into the molecular basis of pathology formation in Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease

Astronomy

Spinning stars shed new light on strange galactic signal

May 4, 2022
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Scientists have found an alternative explanation for a mysterious gamma-ray signal coming from the centre of the galaxy, which was long claimed as a signature of dark matter. 

Engineering Science

From seawater to drinking water, with the push of a button

May 4, 2022
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Researchers build a portable desalination unit that generates clear, clean drinking water without the need for filters or high-pressure pumps.

Astrophysics

Eight years later, an explosion far out in space is still revealing secrets about the lives of stars

May 4, 2022
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A team of astronomers has uncovered new clues about a mysterious stellar explosion that was discovered eight years ago but is continuing to evolve even as scientists watch.

Microbiology

E. coli bacteria exploits Crohn’s disease inflammation

May 4, 2022
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The results identify new avenues for treatments that selectively disrupt the compounds that feed E. coli.

Brain Science

Blind people remember language better than sighted people do

May 4, 2022
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Researchers theorize that the area responsible for vision in sighted people may enhance recall or language processing abilities in people who are blind

Engineering Science

Smartphone app could make it easy to screen for neurological disease at home

May 4, 2022
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Researchers have developed a smartphone app that could allow people to screen for Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD and other neurological diseases and disorders—by recording closeups of their eye.

Biotechnology

Research sheds light on why a certain plant virus is so powerful at fighting cancer

May 4, 2022
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A plant virus that infects legumes, when injected into a tumor, it triggers the immune system to treat the cancer—even metastatic cancer—and prevents it from recurring.

Chemical Engineering

Plastic-eating enzyme could eliminate billions of tons of landfill waste

May 4, 2022
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An enzyme variant created by engineers and scientists can break down environment-throttling plastics that typically take centuries to degrade in just a matter of hours to days.

Engineering Science

Future wearable health tech could measure gases released from skin

May 4, 2022
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Scientists have taken the first step to creating the next generation of wearable health monitors

Psychology

Study finds we overlook the influence of habits — like drinking coffee

May 4, 2022
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Coffee drinking and other daily behaviors are habitual, but people strongly discount the influence of habits when explaining their behavior

Brain Science

Tracking immune cells in the brain could help fight cancer metastases

May 4, 2022
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Researchers have obtained a detailed picture of the immune cells present within brain metastases, with an eye toward re-activating and enhancing those cells with cancer immunotherapy.