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May 6, 2019

‘Catastrophe’ as France’s bird population collapses due to pesticides

Posted by in category: food

Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said.

Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, the scientists said in a pair of studies – one national in scope and the other covering a large agricultural region in central France.

“The situation is catastrophic,” said Benoit Fontaine, a conservation biologist at France’s National Museum of Natural History and co-author of one of the studies.

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May 6, 2019

Solar Power Stations In Space Could Supply The World With Limitless Energy

Posted by in categories: solar power, space, sustainability

Thankfully, it’s unlikely the solar array could be weaponized into an orbiting “death ray”.

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May 6, 2019

First demonstration of antimatter wave interferometry

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

Matter waves constitute a crucial feature of quantum mechanics, in which particles have wave properties in addition to particle characteristics. This wave-particle duality was postulated in 1924 by the French physicist Louis de Broglie. The existence of the wave property of matter has been successfully demonstrated in a number of experiments with electrons and neutrons, as well as with more complex matter, up to large molecules.

For antimatter, the wave-particle duality has also been proven through diffraction experiments. However, researchers of the QUPLAS collaboration have now established wave behavior in a single positron (antiparticle to the electron) interference experiment. The results are reported in Science Advances.

The QUPLAS includes researchers from the University of Bern and from the University and Politecnico of Milano. To demonstrate the wave duality of single positrons, they performed measurements with a setup similar to the so-called double-slit experiment. This setup was suggested by physicists including Albert Einstein and Richard Feynman; it is often used in to demonstrate the wave nature of .

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May 6, 2019

The new techniques revealing the varied shapes of chromatin

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Researchers are realizing that the DNA–protein complex doesn’t just have one form but many.

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May 6, 2019

Algorithms help spot cancer ‘lottery winners’ in new Fred Hutch study

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI

For most patients, a diagnosis of stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer comes with a dire prognosis. But for patients with specific mutations that cause the disease, there are potentially life-saving therapies.

The problem is that these mutations, known as ALK and EGFR, are not always identified in patients — meaning they never get the treatment.

A new study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle used machine learning to find these needle-in-a-haystack patients. The idea was to leverage cancer databases to see if patients were being tested for the mutations and receiving these personalized treatments.

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May 6, 2019

99-million-year-old, unknown millipede found trapped in Burmese amber

Posted by in category: evolution

Scientist now have to reevaluate what they know – or thought they knew – about the evolution of millipedes due to a tiny, 8.2-mm member of the order Callipodida who got its many feet stuck in some tree resin, which turned up in Myanmar, 99 million years later, as a golden lump of amber.

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May 6, 2019

A pill to turn back time

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension

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May 6, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Copy Your Voice: What Does That Mean For Humans?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Artificial intelligence is a powerful tool. It has become so sophisticated that it can create artificial voices that sound like real voices. It is being used in many ways today to create audio for products, digital assistants and more.

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May 6, 2019

Spin-Swapping Particles Could Be “Quantum Cheshire Cats”

Posted by in categories: particle physics, quantum physics

A proposed experiment to swap fundamental properties between photons carries profound implications for our understanding of reality itself.

  • By Anil Ananthaswamy on May 6, 2019

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May 6, 2019

Is it time we gave nuclear power another chance?

Posted by in category: nuclear energy

Before you see ‘Chernobyl’ read this.

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