Physicists find new state of matter that can supercharge technology

Scientists make an important discovery for the future of computing.

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  • Researchers find a new state of matter called "topological superconductivity".
  • The state can lead to important advancements in quantum computing.
  • Utilizing special particles that emerge during this state can lead to error-free data storage and blazing calculation speed.
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Study finds the metronome running rodent brains

A steady timing reference is required by one of the leading theories of neuronal communication.

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  • A study of mouse neurons may have found a long-sought timing mechanism.
  • If the finding carries over into humans, it may help explain the language of neurons.
  • Each area of the brain may have its own metronome neurons, quietly ticking away.
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The invention that made us human: Fire

Did fire change the development of the human brain?

  • The earliest evidence for fire dates back nearly 440 million years.
  • Our hominin ancestors first used natural wildfires to flush out prey and forage for food.
  • Richard Wrangham's cooking hypothesis suggests that a ready supply of cooked food allowed the Homo lineage to develop its large, complex brains.
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Discovered: Cosmic, translucent 'pearls' in fossilized Florida clams

Tiny glassy beads called microtektites were found in fossilized shell remains.

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  • For 13 years scientists have been clueless to the origin of these translucent beads.
  • New evidence suggests that the pearls are microtektites, a byproduct of an ancient meteorite impact.
  • These cosmic remains were encapsulated in two to three million year old shell fossils.
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NASA's idea for making food from thin air just became a reality — it could feed billions

Here's why you might eat greenhouse gases in the future.

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  • The company's protein powder, "Solein," is similar in form and taste to wheat flour.
  • Based on a concept developed by NASA, the product has wide potential as a carbon-neutral source of protein.
  • The man-made "meat" industry just got even more interesting.
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