Optics & Photonics May 14, 2019

Accelerating quantum technologies with materials processing at the atomic scale

'Quantum technologies' utilise the unique phenomena of quantum superposition and entanglement to encode and process information, with potentially profound benefits to a wide range of information technologies from communications ...

Optics & Photonics May 14, 2019

Generating high-quality single photons for quantum computing

MIT researchers have designed a way to generate, at room temperature, more single photons for carrying quantum information. The design, they say, holds promise for the development of practical quantum computers.

Evolution May 14, 2019

You are what you eat: How the pursuit of carbs changed mammals' genes and saliva

Starch, a complex carbohydrate, is a vital source of nutrition for many mammals. Humans farm it in the form of rice, wheat, corn, potatoes and oats. Rats comb our garbage piles for scraps of pizza and bread. Wild boars root ...

Nanomaterials May 14, 2019

Single-atom nanozymes

Nanozymes are catalytic nanomaterials with enzyme-like characteristics that have attracted enormous recent research interest. The catalytic nanomaterials offer unique advantages of low cost, high stability, tunable catalytic ...

Plants & Animals May 14, 2019

Having an STI could benefit male animals

Having a sexually transmitted infection and passing it on to a mate could benefit male animals, research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found.

Education May 13, 2019

Teachers predict pupil success just as well as exam scores

New research from King's College London finds that teacher assessments are equally as reliable as standardised exams at predicting educational success.

Ecology May 14, 2019

It's not just fish, plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe

Ten per cent of the oxygen we breathe comes from just one kind of bacteria in the ocean. Now laboratory tests have shown that these bacteria are susceptible to plastic pollution, according to a study published in Communications ...

Environment May 13, 2019

Green energy nudges come with a hidden cost

All across the United States, many households receive energy bills comparing their use to that of similar neighbors to remind them to use less energy. At most companies, employees are automatically enrolled in 401(k) plans ...

Environment May 14, 2019

Big Brother-style surveillance gives new insight into Amazon's hidden wildlife

Scientists are deploying ultra-sensitive sensors in the Amazon to collect images and sounds of the rainforest's rich biodiversity in real time, in an effort to track preservation efforts.

Plants & Animals May 13, 2019

Catapulting spider winds up web to launch itself at prey: study

Just when you thought spiders couldn't get any more terrifying.

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