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Feb 20, 2024

Researchers Uncovered a New State of Matter Hidden in The Quantum World

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

A team of physicists, including University of Massachusetts assistant professor Tigran Sedrakyan, recently announced in the journal Nature that they have discovered a new phase of matter. Called the “chiral Bose-liquid state,” the discovery opens a new path in the age-old effort to understand the nature of the physical world.

Under everyday conditions, matter can be a solid, liquid or gas. But once you venture beyond the everyday—into temperatures approaching absolute zero, things smaller than a fraction of an atom or which have extremely low states of energy—the world looks very different. “You find quantum states of matter way out on these fringes,” says Sedrakyan, “and they are much wilder than the three classical states we encounter in our everyday lives.”

Sedrakyan has spent years exploring these wild quantum states, and he is particularly interested in the possibility of what physicists call “band degeneracy,” “moat bands” or “kinetic frustration” in strongly interacting quantum matter.

Feb 20, 2024

CHEAR Seminar

Posted by in category: futurism

Feb 20, 2024

Functional brain changes linked to depression exposure

Posted by in category: neuroscience

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Study reveals that exposure to depression correlates with significant functional brain changes, varying by depression definition, without notable structural differences, emphasizing the need for precise diagnostic criteria to enhance treatment outcomes.

Feb 20, 2024

Solving the Problem of Observers & ENTROPY | Stephen Wolfram

Posted by in categories: law, neuroscience

Stephen Wolfram unveils his new Observer Theory and explains the origins of the Second Law (Entropy) with Curt Jaimungal. This is Wolfram’s first podcast on his new views on consciousness, and the deepest dive into Wolfram’s mind.

- 00:00:00 What is Observer Theory?
- 00:12:42 Different Observers (Who are \.

Feb 20, 2024

Non-Carbon Based Life

Posted by in categories: alien life, chemistry, engineering

Science Fiction has long contemplated the idea that alien life not based on carbon chemistry such as silicon might exist on distant and strange worlds, or might be made to exist advanced biological engineering. What would such life be like?

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Feb 20, 2024

To See Black Holes in Detail, She Uses ‘Echoes’ Like a Bat

Posted by in category: cosmology

Packed with mass equal to millions or billions of suns, supermassive black holes lurk at the center of nearly every galaxy.

The astrophysicist Erin Kara measures time lags in black holes’ X-ray glows, which reveal the complexity of the objects’ closest surroundings.

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Feb 20, 2024

‘High,’ ‘very high’ levels of respiratory virus activity seen in half of states: CDC

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

New CDC data updated Friday shows 25 states are experiencing ‘high’ or ‘very high’ levels of respiratory illness activity.

Feb 20, 2024

More than 60% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Here’s what researchers say is to blame

Posted by in categories: economics, robotics/AI, transhumanism

Along with climbing homelessness and other societal woes globally this is the time for transhuman ideals to emerge to save lives. We could automate all work and get universal basic income with AI to work for us.

About 61% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, an issue that impacts both low-wage and high-income families alike, according to new research from LendingClub.

Low-wage earners are most likely to live paycheck to paycheck, with almost 8 in 10 consumers earning less than $50,000 a year unable to cover their future bills until their next paycheck arrives. Yet even 4 in 10 high-income Americans, or those earning more than $100,000, say they’re in the same position, the research found.

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Feb 20, 2024

National Homeless Facts and Statistics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, habitats

1.6 billion people globally are homeless.

Homelessness has been a growing issue in the United States for decades — it affects millions of people each year. Despite efforts to address the problem, the number of individuals experiencing homelessness continues to rise, with the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing lack of affordable housing exacerbating an already difficult situation.

Feb 20, 2024

Traumatic Brain Injury Forges New Neural Pathways

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Tufts University School of Medicine researchers developed imaging technology that records neuronal activity throughout the brain during the first weeks of recovery. They discovered that a head injury serious enough to affect brain function, such as that caused by a car accident or sudden fall, leads to changes in the brain beyond the site of impact. In an animal model of traumatic brain injury, the researchers found that both hemispheres work together to forge new neural pathways in an attempt to replicate those that were lost.

Their findings are published in Cerebral Cortex in an article titled, “Traumatic brain injury disrupts state-dependent functional cortical connectivity in a mouse model.

“Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death in young people and can cause cognitive and motor dysfunction and disruptions in functional connectivity between brain regions,” wrote the researchers. “In human TBI patients and rodent models of TBI, functional connectivity is decreased after injury. Recovery of connectivity after TBI is associated with improved cognition and memory, suggesting an important link between connectivity and functional outcome. We examined widespread alterations in functional connectivity following TBI using simultaneous widefield mesoscale GCaMP7c calcium imaging and electrocorticography (ECoG) in mice injured using the controlled cortical impact (CCI) model of TBI.”

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