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Pentagon tried to block independent report on child sex among Afghan forces, Senate office says

The Pentagon tried to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse crimes committed by Afghan soldiers and police, instead insisting on the creation of its own report offering a far less authoritative review of human rights violations perpetrated by U.S. allies, according to an aide to Sen. …

Afghanistan

IBM has just achieved an 'impossible' step in quantum computing

The company has simulated a quantum computer with 56 qubits on a classical computer<p>In the race to build a working quantum computer, IBM has just …

Quantum Mechanics

The universe shouldn't exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matter

Our universe shouldn't exist, scientists say.<p>The most elite scientists in the world are still struggling to find why exactly our universe didn't …

Physics

New equation explains quantum chaos

Chaotic Equations<p>Jeff Goldblum’s character (the lovable bachelor in distress) in <i>Jurassic Park</i> brought about public awareness to the general concept …

Confirmed: Electrons Flowing Like Liquid in Graphene Are Insanely Superconductive

???<p>Electrons have been caught flowing through graphene like a liquid, reaching limits physicists thought were fundamentally impossible.<p>This type of …

How Do Goldfish Survive Winter? They Make Alcohol

Animals produce plenty of weird compounds. Take, for example, squid ink, skunk spray or even hagfish slime. But one of the strangest animal-produced …

Biology

Quantum Weirdness Has Been Tested Beyond The Particle Scale For The First Time

Test the Limits<p>A small tweak on a definitive experiment in quantum physics has allowed scientists to observe for the first time exactly how molecules …

Tesla's 'Tiny House' roadshow demystifies its energy tech

Renewable energy is good for the planet, but it can be great for consumers -- depending on your location, you can actually make a profit using solar panels and backup battery storage. Those benefits can be hard for consumers to grok, however, so Tesla has launched the "Tiny House" tour in Australia …

Negative mass swing beats the uncertainty principle

Oscillators give an uncertainty-principle-defeating measurement an advantage.<p>Quantum mechanics comes with something called the uncertainty principle. …

Quantum Physics

David E.H. Jones, Scientist Whose Alter Ego Challenged Conventions, Dies at 79

In Greek mythology, Daedalus was a cunning craftsman who occasionally outsmarted himself. The labyrinth he designed to contain the bovine Minotaur was so disorienting that even Daedalus got lost. He fashioned waxed wings that enabled him and his son, Icarus, to flee Crete, but Icarus drowned when …

Nobel Prize

75% of the Human Genome Is Junk DNA, Claims New Research

How much of the human genome, our genetic blueprint, actually makes us who we are? New work by an evolutionary biologist at the University of Houston …

Genetics

Zebrafish inspire retina regeneration in mice - Futurity

Scientists have successfully regenerated mice retina cells. One day, they hope to do the same for humans.

Researchers overturn wisdom regarding efficacy of next-generation DNA techniques

Metagenomics enables us to investigate microbial ecology at a much larger scale than ever before and sheds light upon the previously invisible …

Next-Generation Sequencing

Plant scientists plan massive effort to sequence 10,000 genomes

<b>SHENZHEN, CHINA—</b>Hopes of sequencing the DNA of every living thing on Earth are taking a step forward with the announcement of plans to sequence at …

Slug slime inspires new kind of surgical glue

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have developed an experimental surgical glue inspired by the mucus secreted by slugs that could offer an alternative to sutures and staples for closing wounds.<p>While some medical glues already exist, they often adhere weakly, are not particularly flexible and frequently …

Cell Biology

ChromEMT: Visualizing 3D chromatin structure and compaction in interphase and mitotic cells

CONCLUSION<p>We conclude that chromatin is a flexible and disordered 5- to 24-nm-diameter granular chain that is packed together at different …

Chromosomes

China’s quest to become a space science superpower

With major spaceflight milestones behind it, China is working to build an international reputation for space science.<p>Time seems to move faster at the …

A Prescription for Murder? BBC Panoroma just set mental health journalism back decades

The documentary questioned whether SSRI antidepressants played a part in James Holmes' murders.<p>Last night's Panorama programme <i>A Prescription for</i> …

Strange electrons break the crystal symmetry of high-temperature superconductors

The first major result of this comprehensive study by the MBE group at Brookhaven was published in <i>Nature</i> last year. It demonstrated that the …

Quantum Mechanics

The legend of Poūwa: ancient myths of New Zealand's black swan confirmed by fossil DNA

A tall, bulky and probably near-flightless black swan once roamed New Zealand. But it was hunted to extinction not long after people arrived during …

The real reason why psychopaths are so good at lying

While that's typically not the <i>only</i> characteristic of someone with antisocial personality disorder — the umbrella term the National Institutes for Health uses to define psychopathy — it is recognized globally as a major red flag.<p>It was previously assumed that people with antisocial personality …

The fountain of youth might reside deep in our brains

According to some new research, the key to living longer may reside deep in our brains. In a major breakthrough for our understanding of how the …

Humans came from distant galaxies, along with everything else in the Milky Way

Humans are formed from matter that flew billions of miles from another galaxy, according to a new study.<p>Much of the stuff around us and spread …

Ancient DNA solves mystery of the Canaanites, reveals the biblical people’s fate

In the Bronze Age, between 4,000 and 3,000 years ago, a diverse group of people called the Canaanites lived in the Middle East. Despite their culture and influence — one of the only golden calf idols discovered was found in the Canaan seaport of Ashqelon — they left behind little information about …

Anthropology

Ancient DNA study suggests that dogs were domesticated just one time

New data from ancient dogs indicates that dogs became distinct from wolves between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, researchers report July 18 in <i>Nature Communications.</i><p>Dogs then formed genetically distinct eastern and western groups 17,000 to 24,000 years ago, the researchers calculate. That timing and …

Let’s Play Around With Two Big Ideas in Physics. It’ll Be Fun

The first semester of an undergraduate physics course invariably spends a lot of time on two big ideas: The momentum principle and the work energy …

This One Imperfection In Nuclear Physics Allowed Earth To Exist

In order to create a rocky planet that’s teeming with life, the Universe needed to create large amounts of the heavy elements required for life’s processes. To make many of those elements, such as Tin, Iodine, Selenium, Molybdenum, Zinc, and Copper, you need supernovae to have occurred many times …

Universe

Scientists Find 60 Jupiters That are Smolderingly Close to Their Stars

The gas giants orbit insanely close to their stars.<p>Scientists discovered 60 Jupiter-like planets orbiting so close to their stars that they’re …

Ask Ethan: Can failed stars eventually succeed?

Brown dwarfs are the ultimate failed stars, but they might not remain as failed forever.<p><i>“[Brown dwarfs] appear to live a more exciting life than we</i> …