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Why do we sleep?

While we can more or less abstain from some basic biological urges—for food, drink, and sex—we can’t do the same for sleep. At some point, no matter how much espresso we drink, we just crash. And every animal ...

dateFeb 03, 2011 in Medical research
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A 3-D model of stellar core collapse

( —What happens when massive stars collapse? One potential result is a core-collapse supernova. Astronomers can make observations of such events that tell us what is happening on the surface of a star when it explodes ...

dateMay 02, 2014 in Astronomy
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Physicists uncover novel phase of matter

A team of physicists led by Caltech's David Hsieh has discovered an unusual form of matter—not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different. This phase, characterized by an unusual ...

dateOct 26, 2015 in Superconductivity
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