The LHC is gearing up for long-awaited restart

Mon, Apr 7, 2014

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The Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is the most complex machinery devised by mankind. Here, scientists all over the world joined forces to recreate conditions similar those in the very first moments of the Universe, following the Big Bang. There’s a lot at stake here, and so far the LHC has […]

Breakthrough: first time monolayer graphene made in bulk

Mon, Apr 7, 2014

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We’ve written extensively about graphene here on ZME Science, awarding it much praise and promise. Truly, if you read a bit about what graphene can do [strength, conductivity, cost, etc], you’ll soon learn to love it. So, why aren’t we seeing graphene used everywhere, from computers to aerospace like so many science papers herald its […]

Why the sun’s corona is hotter than its surface: laws of physics still stand

Thu, Mar 27, 2014

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One of the biggest mysteries in solar physics is how is it possible that the sun’s surface is colder than its atmosphere. At first glance, it seems that the sun’s atmosphere, called the corona, is hotter than the heat source which is preposterous given the second law of thermodynamics. So, either the sun doesn’t care […]

Physicists brake ions to slowest rotational temperature yet

Fri, Mar 14, 2014

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Physicists at Max Planck Institute and Aarhus in Denmark have slowed down the rotational temperature of molecular ions to its lowest yet. This precise control now allows for further research that previously was difficult, if not impossible to recreate in labs on Earth like astrochemical reactions that go out in space. In addition, the process […]

Cyber synesthesia: computer turns image into sound, allowing the blind to ‘see’

Thu, Mar 6, 2014

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After growing up to adulthood blinded from birth, a man now has taken a peculiar hobby: photography. Were it not for the efforts of a group of researchers who have devised a system that converts images into sequences of sound, this new found pastime had been impossible. Hobbies or not, the technology is particular impressive […]

Smoking may cause ADHD in future generations

Thu, Mar 6, 2014

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It’s been well established that smoking substantially affects health for more than a century (a bit less than that in official gov records), yet its long term effects on future generations may be more dangerous than anyone might have guessed. The perils of second hand smoke have been proven for a while, but scientists will have […]

D-Wave claims it wants to release a 1,000 qubit quantum computer in 2014

Mon, Jan 13, 2014

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A lot of hype has been going D-Wave’s way in the past decade or so. The company is considered by many the leading quantum computing company in the world, boasting clients such as Lockheed Martin or Google. Before munching up on the hype, though, it’s important to understand that to this day no one has […]

Swedish doctors perform nine womb transplants

Mon, Jan 13, 2014

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Doctors from Sweden recently revealed they have successfully completed a total of nine womb transplants, marking a new milestone for a type of procedure that is still in its infancy and is considered highly risky. The transplanted wombs came from relatives, and the doctors hope report little complications have been witnessed. Ultimately, the doctors hope […]

Hubble goes farther than ever before: images reveal deepest view of the Universe yet

Wed, Jan 8, 2014

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This year Hubble will embark on one its most ambitious projects yet, as it’s scheduled to glimpse farther away into the Universe than ever before. Six new “deep field” images are slated, and recently astronomers at Hubble have delivered the first to the public. The image reveals extremely faint, tiny galaxies that may be more […]

Practice, not talent, makes you good at math

Wed, Dec 18, 2013

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A recent study from  the Norwegian University of Science and Technology aims to overthrow the long standing assumption that being good at most forms of math is an innate ability. The researchers found that if you want to be good at multiple types of mathematics, you need to practice them all since relying on one good […]

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