Best of Last Week: New state of matter, universe's biggest explosion, and milk versus breast cancer

March 2, 2020 by Bob Yirka
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It was another good week for physics as a team at Northeastern University might have accidentally discov … new state of matter in which electrons distribute themselves evenly into a stationary, crystalline pattern. A team at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo developed a way to split one photon into three using the spontaneous parametric down-conversion method in quantum optics. And a team at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences gained new insights into how fluids t … om order to disorder by smashing vortices together.

In technology news, a team at Syracuse University developed a deep-learning system that ca … arvesting RF signals—based on a convolutional neural network, the system measures subtle changes in ambient radio signals. Also, a team at security firm ESET reported that a chip flaw had exposed billio … to potential hackers. A wide range of chips made by Cypress Semiconductor and Broadcom were found vulnerable to data exposure when users moved from one WiFi access point to another. And a team with members from the University of Colorado and Drury University developed an AI-based language-generatio … pose creative poetry. Also, Raspberry Pi put its Raspberry Pi 4 computer module … on sale for just $35.

In other news, a team at Trinity College Dublin made an asthma breakthrough. They uncovered a critical role played by the protein Caspase-11 in provoking inflammatory reactions in the lungs. Also, an international team of space scientists detected the biggest explosion in the h … tory of the universe. The team used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, ESA's XMM-Newton, the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia and the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope in India.

And finally, if you are one of the millions of women around the world worried about developing breast cancer, you might want to take note of the results of a study conducted by a team at Loma Linda University Health—they found an association between the int … east cancer in women.

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