Researchers find a platform for stable quantum computing

Harvard researchers have demonstrated the first material that can have both strongly correlated electron interactions and topological properties. The discovery both paves the way for more stable quantum computing and creates an entirely new platform to explore exotic physics.

Leah Burrows | Dec. 5, 2019 | harvard
~6 mins   

Tags: science-technology condensed-matter-physics department-of-physics exotic-physics harris-pirie jenny-hoffman nature-physics physics quantum-computing samarium-hexaboride topological-insulators

Giant ice planet orbits hot star 1/4 its size

New evidence points to an giant, icy planet orbiting a white dwarf star that's slowing evaporating it.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology planets space stars

Hot rocks offer clues to life on ‘Snowball Earth’

Scientists braved the heat to answer a question about oxygen and "Snowball Earth," a period when the oceans virtually froze from the poles to the equator.

U. Melbourne | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-earth ice-age oceans oxygen rocks

Filaments are weapons in ‘world’s oldest war’

New research shows how a once-forgotten cellular structure fights in the "world’s oldest war," the battle between bacteria and viruses.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Dec. 4, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria cells dna enzymes viruses

A tiny bend gives semiconductors a big boost

Bending organic semiconductors can seriously up the speed of the electricity flowing through them, which could pave the way for better electronics.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity electronics materials-science semiconductors

New material offers lots of perks to soft robots

Soft robots and prosthetics could benefit from a new material that's conductive, lightweight, and heat-tolerant. Learn more in the video.

National University of Singapore | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology materials-science metals prostheses robots

Space laser sees Earth’s biggest animal migration

Zooplankton migration is "the greatest migration on Earth. It happens every day and it's amazing." A satellite view reveals the hordes of tiny creatures.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lasers migration oceans satellites zooplankton

Volcanic eruptions might have given Earth its first oxygen

A new theory involving volcanoes may partly explain the appearance of the first oxygen on Earth 2.5 billion years ago, researchers say.

Jade Boyd-Rice | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology alien-life carbon early-earth oceans oxygen tectonics volcanoes

Frozen car batteries won’t blow up in transit

Flash freezing car batteries offers a way to transport them in a safer, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly way, researchers say.

Alice Scott-Warwick | Dec. 2, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology batteries cars sustainability temperature

New treatment could ease the passage of kidney stones

Muscle relaxants delivered to the ureter can reduce contractions that cause pain when passing a stone.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 2, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research materials-science-and-engineering dmse koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-science-and-technology medicine

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