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Phys.org / Spin clean-up method brings practical quantum computers closer to reality

Quantum computers are the new frontier in advanced research technology, with potential applications such as performing critical calculations, protecting financial assets, or predicting molecular behavior in pharmaceuticals. ...

5 hours ago in Physics
Phys.org / A clearer view of what makes glass rigid

Researchers led by The University of Tokyo employed a new computer model to simulate the networks of force-carrying particles that give amorphous solids their strength even though they lack long range order. This work may ...

5 hours ago in Chemistry
Phys.org / New way of analyzing soil organic matter will help predict climate change

A new way of analyzing the chemical composition of soil organic matter will help scientists predict how soils store carbon—and how soil carbon may affect climate in the future, says a Baylor University researcher.

5 hours ago in Earth
Phys.org / Secure nano-carrier delivers medications directly to cells

Medications often have unwanted side-effects. One reason is that they reach not only the unhealthy cells for which they are intended, but also reach and have an impact on healthy cells. Researchers at the Technical University ...

5 hours ago in Nanotechnology
Phys.org / Software program Allchemy identifies prebiotic synthesis of biochemical compounds from primordial precursors

A team of researchers working in the Institute of Organic Chemistry's lab at the Polish Academy of Sciences has developed a software product to aid in discovering the chemical processes that led to the development of life ...

7 hours ago in Chemistry
Phys.org / Machine learning takes on synthetic biology: algorithms can bioengineer cells for you

If you've eaten vegan burgers that taste like meat or used synthetic collagen in your beauty routine—both products that are "grown" in the lab—then you've benefited from synthetic biology. It's a field rife with potential, ...

12 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / First candidate for an extragalactic planet identified

A team of researchers from the U.S. and China has found the first evidence for a candidate planet in another galaxy. In their paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, the team describes their work studying the possible ...

7 hours ago in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / Researcher investigates the most lethal volcanic phenomena on earth

Like many who grew up in East Germany, Dr. Gert Lube always yearned to travel and explore different places. Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when he was a first-year geology student at the University of Greifswald, ...

7 hours ago in Earth
Phys.org / Deforestation squeezes top predators in forest streams

Streams in areas converted to oil palm have different top predators to those flowing through intact forests, affecting stream food webs.

7 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Study delivers new knowledge about what causes thunderstorms and cloud bursts

Thunderstorms often provoke violent cloud bursts that can result in devastating flooding. But what actually spawns thunderstorms and cloud bursts? This question has spurred a new study by researchers at the University of ...

7 hours ago in Earth
Phys.org / Researchers show conscious processes in birds' brains for the first time

By measuring brain signals, a neuroscience research group at the University of Tübingen has demonstrated for the first time that corvid songbirds possess subjective experiences. Simultaneously recording behavior and brain ...

10 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Primate brain size does not predict their intelligence

Chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans are our closest relatives, and like us they have relatively large brains and they are very intelligent. But do animals with larger brains really perform better in cognitive tests? A research ...

7 hours ago in Biology