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2018 – Year of the Quantum Computer?

Intel throws down the quantum gauntlet. Computers could be about to enter a brand new era. Transistor-based computing has been enjoying the limelight for the past few decades, while its misunderstood, temperamental sibling, quantum computing, has been biding its time in the wings. But with companies recently revealing their advancing efforts, 2018...

2018 – Year of the Quantum Computer?

Intel throws down the quantum gauntlet. Computers could be about to enter a brand new era. Transistor-based computing has been enjoying the limelight for the past few decades, while its misunderstood, temperamental sibling, quantum computing, has been biding its time in the wings. But with companies recently revealing their advancing efforts, 2018...

Inverted Inferno

A paradox world in a distant star system. The mysterious world of exoplanets continues to get stranger, with the first ever discovery of titanium oxide in a planetary atmosphere outside our Solar System. The unusual properties of the molecule means that it can absorb heat, not allowing it to escape, leading to the outer regions of the distant world...

Inverted Inferno

A paradox world in a distant star system. The mysterious world of exoplanets continues to get stranger, with the first ever discovery of titanium oxide in a planetary atmosphere outside our Solar System. The unusual properties of the molecule means that it can absorb heat, not allowing it to escape, leading to the outer regions of the distant world...

Trump Pulls US out of Climate Agreement

An American not in Paris. Joining Syria and Nicaragua* as the only countries in the world not to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, President Donald Trump has officially announced that the US will be withdrawing from globally agreed goals to slow the warming of our planet. “Not only does this deal subject our citizens to harsh economic...

Dark Matter Might be a WIMP After All

In this case, dark is no misnomer. So little is known about dark matter — and its unrelated but similarly enigmatic cousin, dark energy — that scientists aren’t even sure it really exists. But two separate teams of physicists researching the elusive stuff have now come to very similar conclusions about its composition, based on data taken by an instrument...

A Side-Effect Free Fountain of Youth?

It’s not yet a medical miracle, but a new study might have brought us a step closer to halting, and even reversing, the process of ageing. Tests on laboratory mice have shown that a new treatment, which involves a specially modified protein, can have a slowing effect on the ageing process. Scientists are excited, but naturally cautious about the...

Record Low Ice Extent at Both Tips of Planet

2017 has proven itself an exceptional year for both the Arctic and Antarctic, with the amount of ice at both poles reaching the lowest levels in 38-year satellite records. The data was released by NASA and the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC). The natural temperature fluctuations that come with our planet’s seasons mean the sea ice extent...

Earth’s Seven Sisters

The search for life in the Universe is one of the driving forces behind modern astronomy, inspiring a search out to the stars with the hope of glimpsing something that proves we, as a species, are not alone. In 2010, a group of astronomers led by Michaël Gillon at the University of Liege in Belgium set out to study small, dim stars called red dwarfs...

Quasar Halos

An unexpected discovery has been made about some of the most distant objects in the Universe — quasars. Their name stemming from “quasi-stellar object”, these phenomena are the active cores of distant galaxies, their extremely bright central point of light bearing a visual similarity to stars in telescope images. Each quasar’s light is coming from...

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