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Tiny optical cavities could make quantum networks possible

Posted: 04 Apr 2020 09:10 AM PDT

Engineers at Caltech have shown that atoms in optical cavities — tiny boxes for light — could lead to the creation of a quantum internet. Their National Science Foundation-funded work was published in the journal Nature Physics. Quantum networks would connect quantum computers through a system that operates at a quantum, rather than classical, level. In theory, quantum computers […]
Larger thighs associated with lower risk of heart disease in obesity

Posted: 04 Apr 2020 08:22 AM PDT

A larger thigh circumference may be associated with lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease in people with obesity, according to a study published in Endocrine Connections. In overweight and obese Chinese men and women, larger thigh circumferences were associated with lower blood pressure. These findings suggest that carrying more weight on the […]
Reactivating this part of brain restores pro-social behavior in opioid addiction

Posted: 04 Apr 2020 08:20 AM PDT

A new study in animals suggests that the social and interpersonal problems associated with opioid addiction might be reversible. Researchers in the Arizona State University Department of Psychology previously used an animal model of opioid addiction and empathy to show that animals stopped prosocial behaviors – helping another animal – when heroin was available. The same research […]
Using sponges to wipe out cancer

Posted: 04 Apr 2020 08:16 AM PDT

A sponge found in Manado Bay, Indonesia, makes a molecule called manzamine A, which stops the growth of cervical cancer cells, according to a recent publication in the Journal of Natural Products submitted by researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Collaborators included students and investigators at the University of South Carolina (UofSC), College of […]
Advice to health staff suffering skin damage from face masks

Posted: 04 Apr 2020 08:13 AM PDT

Remedies to healthcare staff, and the general public, who are suffering from friction and pressure damage through the use of protective masks Doctors and nurses on the Covid-19 frontline are spending many hours a day wearing face masks, and many members of the general public are doing the same.  But although the devices offer invaluable […]

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