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Dialog / Lab-grown 'mini brains' suggest one mutation might have rewired the human mind

How we humans became what we are today is a question that scientists have been trying to answer for a long time. How did we evolve such advanced cognitive abilities, giving rise to complex language, poetry and rocket science? ...

8 hours ago in Biology
Dialog / Rethinking 'one appointment, one problem' for diabetes patients

I spent the majority of my life in the United States before relocating to the United Kingdom (UK) a few years ago. I quickly noticed the difference in primary healthcare structure. Healthcare in the U.K. is provided by the ...

Feb 24, 2021 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Advent of the 3-D diamond valleytronic transistor

Researchers at Uppsala university, Sweden, and Element Six, U.K., have, for the first time ever, demonstrated electrical control of valley transport in 3-D dual-gate diamond field-effect transistors. These results were published ...

Feb 19, 2021 in Nanotechnology
Dialog / Forget the Large Hadron Collider: Our team has designed a particle accelerator the size of a large room

In 2010, when scientists were preparing to smash the first particles together within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), sections of the media fantasized that the EU-wide experiment might create a black hole that could swallow ...

Feb 19, 2021 in Physics
Dialog / The science-fiction scenario of an artificial planet is already here

On December 9, 2020, researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel published a study in the journal Nature titled "The global mass produced by man exceeds all living biomass". The article summary sets the scene: ...

Feb 19, 2021 in Earth
Dialog / '7 minutes of terror': A look at the technology Perseverance will need to survive landing on Mars

This month has been a busy one for Mars exploration. Several countries sent missions to the red planet in June last year, taking advantage of a launch window. Most have now arrived after their eight-month voyage.

Feb 17, 2021 in Astronomy & Space
Dialog / Power outages across the Plains: 4 questions answered about weather-driven blackouts

Editor's note: Amid record cold temperatures and skyrocketing energy demand, utilities across the central U.S. have ordered rolling blackouts to ration electricity, leaving millions of people without power. Energy expert ...

Feb 17, 2021 in Technology
Dialog / Graphene could one day be used to make quick, reliable tests for viruses like SARS-CoV-2

Graphene is a layer of carbon only one atom thick. Since it was first isolated in 2004, it has found applications in strengthening materials, accelerating electronics, and boosting performance in batteries, among others.

Feb 16, 2021 in Nanotechnology
Dialog / The first Australian evidence of a major shift in Earth's magnetic poles may help researchers predict the next

About 41,000 years ago, something remarkable happened: Earth's magnetic field flipped and, for a temporary period, magnetic north was south and magnetic south was north.

Feb 15, 2021 in Earth
Dialog / Why is there water on Earth?

Water is essential to life as we know it and it seems completely normal to have water all around us. Yet Earth is the only known planet to be covered by oceans. Do we know exactly where its water came from?

Feb 12, 2021 in Earth
Dialog / AI can now learn to manipulate human behavior

Artificial intelligence (AI) is learning more about how to work with (and on) humans. A recent study has shown how AI can learn to identify vulnerabilities in human habits and behaviors and use them to influence human decision-making.

Feb 11, 2021 in Technology
Dialog / IBM RXN: New AI model boosts mapping of chemical reactions

Just like an astronomer investigates outer space, a chemist explores chemical space—a theoretical territory with all possible known (and unknown) chemical compounds. Researchers estimate chemical space to contain up to ...

Feb 08, 2021 in Technology