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Dialog / The controversy of adult hippocampal neurogenesis in humans: suggesting a resolution and way forward

Neurogenesis is more than just a concept in neuroscience, and has nuances that go beyond mere rattling statistics. It is the Catch-22 of the world of learning and development in humans and possibly other animals. Modestly ...

Sep 23, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Charting the long-distance migrations of the world's fastest bird

The world's fastest birds, peregrine falcons, disappear from their North American nesting grounds for up to seven months at a time. But where do they go? We used data from 227 North American peregrines over a 57-year period, ...

Sep 14, 2020 in Biology
Dialog / Our quantum internet breakthrough could make malicious hacking a thing of the past

The advent of mass working from home has made many people more aware of the security risks of sending sensitive information via the internet. The best we can do at the moment is make it difficult to intercept and hack your ...

Sep 03, 2020 in Physics
Dialog / How do you weigh a dinosaur? There are two ways, and it turns out they're both right

The most emblematic feature of dinosaurs is their body size. Some dinosaurs reached enormous sizes during the Mesozoic Era which ended 66 million years ago, with some species maybe even approaching 100 tonnes. The largest ...

Sep 01, 2020 in Other Sciences
Dialog / Surface decoration of perovskite can make solar cell stable for operation

Solar cells that convert solar energy into electricity are one attractive route for harvesting clean solar energy. The installed capacity of solar panels has exceeded 100 GW in the last year.

Aug 27, 2020 in Chemistry
Dialog / Pieced together: The most precise records of major climate events from thousands of years ago

Between 115,000 and 11,700 years ago, the Earth would have been almost unrecognizable. Massive ice-sheets covered northern Europe and northern Asia, and about half of North America, and global sea-levels were as much as 130 ...

Aug 21, 2020 in Earth
Dialog / A step towards personalized cancer vaccines

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide and was responsible for the death of an estimated 9.6 million people in 2018. Research is now focused on personalized ...

Aug 13, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Slow to adjust to the pandemic's new normal? Don't worry, your brain's just learning new skills

As COVID-19 lockdowns were introduced, we all suddenly had to find new ways of doing things. Schooling shifted online, meetings moved to Zoom, workplaces brought in new measures and even social events have changed to minimize ...

Aug 11, 2020 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Machine-intelligence discovers new two-dimensional charge density wave materials

A crystal is a solid material whose constituents atoms are arranged in a periodic fashion. A charge density wave (CDW) is a quantum mechanical phenomenon observed in some crystals with metallic properties. It is usually characterized ...

Aug 10, 2020 in Physics
Dialog / In northern China, scientists have found what may be the 2 billion-year-old birthmarks of Earth's first supercontinent

Far beneath the city of Dongshen in northern China, we have discovered what may be the 2 billion-year-old birthmarks of Earth's first supercontinent.

Aug 06, 2020 in Earth
Dialog / How we tracked the eating habits of snakes in Africa with the help of a Facebook group

Snakes are a diverse lineage of reptiles that are found on every continent except Antarctica. Despite differences in appearance, habitat preference, defence tactics and underlying biology, one thing is common to all 3,800 ...

Aug 05, 2020 in Biology
Dialog / Study reports a transition from spontaneous to stimulated Hawking radiation in a sonic black hole

In 2014 and 2016, Jeff Steinhauer of Technion, Israel, successfully conducted two significant experiments. The first one demonstrated stimulated Hawking radiation in a sonic black hole laser (SBHL). The next one showed spontaneous ...

Jul 31, 2020 in Physics