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Google’s quantum computing plans threatened by IBM curveball

A mathematical leap has let IBM simulate a 56-qubit quantum computer on a traditional machine, the biggest yet on a classical computer.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 20th, 2017Related News

IBM’s 56-qubit curveball may hit Google quantum computing plans

A mathematical leap has let IBM simulate a 56-qubit quantum computer on a traditional machine, the biggest yet on a classical computer.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 20th, 2017Related News

Volcanoes that spew stretchy ice could make dwarf planets bright

Something strange is happening on dwarf planets Eris and Makemake. They’re tiny and cold, but they still show surprising signs of geologic activity, like real planets.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 20th, 2017Related News

Scotland has banned smacking children – so should everyone else

Spanking children doesn’t make them better behaved – but it can put them at risk of mental illness, and should be outlawed everywhere.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 20th, 2017Related News

Dark energy survives neutron star crash test while rivals fail

We saw gravitational waves and light at the same moment from a neutron star merger, which means Einstein was right and some alternative theories are dead.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 20th, 2017Related News

Dimming the sun could save corals from bleaching and hurricanes

Climate change will harm corals by overheating them and unleashing more violent hurricanes, but cooling the planet by geoengineering could reverse those effects.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 20th, 2017Related News

A home test kit may let you diagnose endometriosis years earlier

It can take years to diagnose extreme period pain as endometriosis. The longer it goes untreated, the more it affects fertility - could a spit test change that?.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 20th, 2017Related News

Songbird gets angry when its rivals are brilliant at singing

Male tui songbirds signal their prowess with complicated songs, so they respond aggressively when they hear a particularly good vocalist.....»»

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Steep decline of wasps and other flying nasties is a bad sign

Aphids, midges and wasps are being added to the list of rapidly vanishing insects. It’s another alarming sign of a sixth mass extinction, says Olive Heffernan.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 19th, 2017Related News

Dogs really can smell your fear, and then they get scared too

There is an urban myth that dogs can smell human emotions, now it seems to be true: dogs can sense a person’s emotional state just by sniffing a sample of their sweat.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 19th, 2017Related News

Why our ‘freakish’ galaxy has got cosmologists seriously worried

In the grand club of galaxies, the Milky Way is increasingly looking like an outlier. This is a looming challenge for cosmology, says Geraint Lewis.....»»

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The mass extinction that might never have happened

An ecological catastrophe 201 million years ago supposedly paved the way for the rise of giant dinosaurs, but it may not have happened that way after all.....»»

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Speaking up against sexual abuse is hard – #MeToo changes that

Psychology makes us swift to blame those who experience sexual harassment, but the #MeToo movement could be making it easier to speak up, says Nichola Raihani.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 19th, 2017Related News

Self-harming has risen dramatically among UK teenage girls

In every 10,000 teenage girls in the UK, more than 37 have self-harmed. The large rise in rates of self-harming may be due to stress or mental health problems.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 18th, 2017Related News

The 5 biggest discoveries from the hunt for gravitational waves

Detecting gravitational waves has given us a new way to observe the universe by listening to ripples in space-time. Here are five of the biggest finds from LIGO.....»»

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AlphaGo’s AI upgrade gets round the need for human input

AlphaGo Zero, Google DeepMind's artificially intelligent Go player, dominates humans and other AIs by learning itself – without any human training.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 18th, 2017Related News

Huge Piccadilly Circus screen will target ads at certain cars

A vast electronic display in London's Piccadilly Circus will use cameras to watch nearby cars and target certain models with certain ads.....»»

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Police body cams were meant to keep us safer. Are they working?

Equipping police officers with body-worn cameras was intended to defuse tense situations, but footage of brutal incidents keeps going viral.....»»

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A common herbal medicine may cause liver cancer mutations

A compound found in some plants used in traditional medicine has been linked to a 78 per cent of cases of liver cancer in hospitals in Taiwan.....»»

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Hunger-blocking injection lets fat monkeys quickly lose weight

A protein injection that decreases appetite has been found to help obese monkeys slim down fast, and to cut their risk of developing diabetes.....»»

Source:  NewscientistCategory: TopOct 18th, 2017Related News