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Robin Williams' Widow Wrote a Devastating Piece About Her Husband's Mental Disease

It's been two years since his passing.<p>In 2014, Robin Williams took his own life at the age of 63. It wasn't until an autopsy was performed that his family learned he had a neurological ailment called Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a disease similar to Alzheimer's. LBD attacked parts of his brain, making …

Alice in Quantumland: A Charming Illustrated Allegory of Quantum Mechanics by a CERN Physicist

As a lover of science and of all things <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, imagine my delight at discovering <b>Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics</b> (<i>public library</i>) — an imaginative and unusual 1995 quantum primer by particle physicist <b>Robert Gilmore</b>, who has under his belt experience at Stanford and …

Nobel-Winning Physicist Frank Wilczek on Complementarity as the Quantum of Life and Why Reality Is Woven of Opposing Truths

“You can recognize a deep truth by the feature that its opposite is also a deep truth.”<p><i>“The truth is, we know so little about life, we don’t really know what the good news is and what the bad news is,”</i> Kurt Vonnegut lamented in his terrific lecture on storytelling. But one of life’s greatest …

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

Quantum Physics

How Quantum Entanglement Can Help You Understand Many-Worlds

Last week, I wrote a big long post about why entanglement doesn’t allow faster-than-light communication, and included a passing mention that was related somehow to the “Many-Worlds” Interpretation of quantum physics. That post was long already, so I didn’t have room to say more, but that remark …

Has the age of quantum computing arrived?

It’s a mind-bending concept with the potential to change the world, and Canadian tech company D-Wave claims to have cracked the code<p>Ever since Charles Babbage’s conceptual, unrealised Analytical Engine in the 1830s, computer science has been trying very hard to race ahead of its time. Particularly …

Quantum Computing

The quantum era has begun, this CEO says

Quantum computing's full potential may still be years away, but there are plenty of benefits to be realized right now.<p>So argues Vern Brownell, president and CEO of D-Wave Systems, whose namesake quantum system is already in its second generation.<p>Launched 17 years ago by a team with roots at …

Quantum Computing

The NSA Probably Really, Really Wants a Quantum Computer

How long until the security agency gets one?<p>This is huge: Physicists have figured out how to reliably transmit quantum information, a major first step toward the kind of quantum communications and quantum computing that would dramatically enhance our ability to secure networks, crack codes, and …

Google claims a leap forward for quantum computing

Many approaches are being tried in the race to develop a working quantum computer, but Google this week reported using a combination of techniques with particularly promising results.<p>In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a team of researchers from Google and several academic …

Quantum Computing

Quantum annealing with a digital twist

Posted by Rami Barends and Alireza Shabani, Quantum Electronics Engineers One of the key benefits of quantum computing is that it has the ...

How Quantum Mechanics Could Be Even Weirder

And what it could mean for the future of computing<p>Why doesn’t the world make sense? At the fundamental level of atoms and subatomic particles, the familiar “classical” physics that accounts for how objects move around gives way to quantum physics, with new rules that defy intuition. Traditionally …

Simple night-time trick could stop breast cancer returning

Eating an early dinner or a late breakfast could be the key to preventing breast cancer returning after scientists found that fasting for at least 13 hours at night reduces the chance of a relapse.<p>Women who had recovered from early-stage breast cancer were followed for seven years to find out what …

New lingerie line helps solve this issue for breast cancer patients

For women who are battling breast cancer and undergoing radiation, the treatments can leave behind painful burns and skin so sensitive that even a cotton T-shirt, never mind a typical bra, would be excruciating to wear.<p>It's a side effect of the therapy that many cancer patients struggle with, but …

Cancer

A Daughter Gives Up Her Life To Take Care Of Mother With Alzheimer's

I asked Jennifer Krychowecky what she gave up during her nine-year journey caring for her mother, Linda Krychowecky, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 59. Her response was eye opening: "My boyfriend, my house, my social life, my career, my freedom... life as I knew it."<p>At …

The Positive Psychology of Dance

<b>The brain dance is better than the twist, the macrena, the Texas 2-step, the cupid shuffle, or the 'YMCA'.</b><p>Children of all ages have been doing the …

The Brain

What Causes Male Depression? | The Art of Manliness

In our previous article in this series on the history of depression, we saw that its origins have alternatively been chalked up to a number of …

Depression