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Scientists discover fractal patterns in a quantum material

The repeating patterns in a snowflake are a classic example of beautiful, geometric fractals. Now MIT scientists have discovered fractal-like patterns in the magnetic...

Scientists create nano-guitar string that could play itself

Scientists at Lancaster University and the University of Oxford have created a nano-electronic circuit which vibrates without any external force. Using a tiny suspended wire,...

How to control friction in topological insulators

Topological insulators are innovative materials that conduct electricity on the surface, but act as insulators on the inside. Physicists at the University of Basel and...

Physicists have found a way to ‘hear’ dark matter

Dark matter is a mysterious substance that makes up 85% of the matter in the universe. Originally introduced to explain why the Strong Force (which...

Scientists discover two ancient migration events in the Andromeda Galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered two historic events in which the Andromeda Galaxy underwent major changes to its structure. The findings shed light not only on the...

Scientists find how two suns collect matter in a binary system

Most stars in the universe come in the form of pairs – binaries – or even multiple star systems. Now, the formation of such a...

This is how a “fuzzy” universe may have looked

Dark matter was likely the starting ingredient for brewing up the very first galaxies in the universe. Shortly after the Big Bang, particles of dark...

Electron switch may get us closer to quantum computers

Quantum computing has the potential to revolutionize technology, medicine, and science by providing faster and more efficient processors, sensors, and communication devices. But transferring information...

How to tie microscopic knots

Physicists at CU Boulder have gone to creative lengths to earn their scouting merit badges for knot-tying. In a study published in the journal Science,...

Scientists find galaxy floating in a tranquil sea of halo gas

Analysis of radio pulses that passed through a galactic halo reveals a surprisingly quiescent halo with very low density and weak magnetic field. Using one...

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Scientists discover four new pterosaurs in matter of weeks

You wait ages for a pterosaur and then four come along at once. Hot on the heels of a recent paper discovering three new species...

This study shows the cause of sleep problems in autism

A recent study from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev found that children with autism have more sleep difficulties caused by shallower brain waves than...

This exercise may help prevent cognitive decline in older people

Brain tissue is made up of gray matter, or cell bodies, and filaments, called white matter, that extend from the cells. The volume of gray matter...

4 tips for staying healthy in the COVID-19 pandemic

Every day, we’re waking up to a world that has become like a stranger to us. The stress of sheltering in place and fear of...

Should we wear masks or not? An expert sorts through the confusion

As a professor at Boston University’s School of Medicine and a geriatrician at Boston Medical Center caring for the most vulnerable in this pandemic,...

Coconut oil may reduce metabolic syndrome in obese women

In a new study, researchers found that obese females that ate a small amount of coconut oil daily, even as part of a high-fat...