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Nobel winner: Quantum research will yield ‘super-computers’

David Wineland, who won the Nobel Prize for work in quantum physics with Serge Haroche of France, said our limited computers will “eventually” give way to super-fast, revolutionary ones. The pair, both 68, were honored for pioneering optical experiments in “measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems,” the Nobel Physics…

Nobel Prize for Physics rewards ‘groundbreaking’ quantum experiments

Nobel Prize for Physics rewards 'groundbreaking' quantum experiments A French and an American physicist are sharing the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for, in a sense, letting a cat out of the box. And not just any cat, but one that is dead and alive at the same time. Welcome…

Research uncovers the somatosensory basis for pairing red wine with red meat

Why does high-tannin red wine pair well with fatty red meat? According to research published in the October 9 issue of Current Biology, it is because the dry oral sensation produced by red wine counters the slippery oral sensation associated with fattiness. “The mouth is a magnificently sensitive somatosensory organ,…

Biologists figure out crow’s ‘party trick’ of using tools

Biologists on Tuesday said they had figured out how the New Caledonian crow, a bird famed for using tools, does its party trick. Corvus moneduloides, a native of France’s South Pacific territory of New Caledonia, is one of the stars of the avian world. It uses its beak to craft…

South Africa plans to build $2.5 billion super telescope

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday gave his political backing to negotiations with foreign partners to help fund the construction of the world’s next generation radio telescope. South Africa is building the world’s most powerful radio astronomy telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) — which is set to…

French and U.S. scientists win physics Nobel Prize for quantum manipulation

Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the US won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for their work on measuring and manipulating individual particles while preserving their quantum-mechanical nature. The pair were honoured for “groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems,” the jury…

Study: Tomatoes can lower stroke risk

Eating tomatoes can dramatically reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to a new study out on Monday that provided more support for diets rich in fruits and vegetables. The key factor appears to be the powerful antioxident lycopene, according to the Finnish study published in the Neurology journal.…

Mars rover finds mysterious ‘bright object’

NASA’s Curiosity rover has uncovered a “bright object” in the red soil of Mars that might be a part of the robotic explorer that broke off, the US space agency said. “The rover team decided to refrain from using the rover’s robotic arm on Oct. 8 due to the detection…

Cannabis eases painful sclerosis stiffness: study

PARIS — Use of cannabis extract helps ease painful muscle stiffness among patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a large trial published on Tuesday in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. The “Phase III” test — the final stage in a process to vet a new drug or…

Study: Autistic children prompt worrying by wandering from safe places

Almost half of US children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder wander away from safe places, and about half go missing long enough to alarm their parents, a new study out Monday found. The study published in the journal Pediatrics on research by the Kennedy Krieger Institute that looked at more…

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