Diana Botsford

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Researchers Debut Programmable Quantum Computer

In an August 4th paper in <i>Nature</i>, a team of researchers from the University of Maryland say they have developed a software-programmable quantum …

Quantum Computing

The Centuries-Old Form of Public Cooking That's Making a Comeback

There’s something that’s always been both humbling and awe-inspiring for me about cooking outdoors, from the childhood lure of smushed up s’mores over a campfire, to the massive, in-ground, hog-roasting pits that dot the Southern United States. <b>A cross-pollination of danger (live fire!) and</b> …

Scientists Are Finally Figuring Out Why You Only Get Mitochondrial DNA From Your Mum

Sorry, dads.<p>Your relatives probably can’t stop talking about how much you look like your mum or your dad, but the truth is, while you might have …

Biology

Science may explain why some people have deeply sensitive personalities

At the age of six, Jack Craven started telling his mother he wanted to die. “God made a mistake when he made me,” he would say. “Why can’t I just die?” His mother, Lori Craven, says she didn’t even know that kids his age could think such things: “Can you imagine your child saying that?”<p>Jack, now …

Autism

Kepler-62f, An Exoplanet 1,200 Light-Years From Earth, May Sustain Life As We Know It

In 2013, scientists using NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovered a system of five planets locked in an orbit around a star smaller and cooler than …

Scientists Have Just Found a New Form of Light

<i>This article was originally posted on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Neel V. Patel</b><p>There's big science news out of Ireland today that fundamentally alters the way we study and investigate the nature of light: physicists from Trinity College Dublin's School of Physics have discovered a new form of light.<p>It's made of …

Physics

Proof of the Soul

I was brushing my teeth yesterday when it suddenly occurred to me that proof of the soul--the much maligned intangible essence that far too many scientists, materialists and behavioral psychologists like to marginalize as "brain epiphenomenon"--was staring me right in the face.<p>In fact, my face had …

Physics

Quantum entanglement in a real biological system found

Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley have made the first observations of quantum entanglement in a real biological …

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Gravitational Waves Mean We Could One Day Hear The Very First Sounds Of The Big Bang

Scientists confirmed last year what Albert Einstein had predicted 100 years ago in his general theory of relativity. Physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory detected gravitational waves, or ripples in spacetime, for the first time ever.<p>But what exactly does the …

Physics