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Ultrafast X-ray Laser Reveals Intricate Hydrogen-bond Network of Water Molecules

In the not-so-distant past is was “crack-pot” science to talk about water structure, and its related property of water memory. Despite this wide-spread perspective, scientific investigation into the actual nature of water, of which remarkably little was known, has revealed that undoubtedly water has a specific geometry and that this coherent molecular structure formed form long-range coordination of hydrogen bonds determines many of water’s remarkable properties. The key to understanding water on a molecular level is watching the changes of the hydrogen-bond network, which can play a major role in biological activity and life as we know it.

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Cosmic dawn could now be in sight

Cosmic dawn, the epoch given to the point in time when the first ever stars formed, may now just be in sight.

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Weak charge of the proton measured for the first time

Charge – that is the degree to which an entity is affected by an external force – comes in all shapes in sizes. Now for the first-time scientists have been able to determine the weak charge of the proton.

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Detection of echoes of gravitational waves support Planck-scale structure of spacetime predicted by quantum gravity

If gravitational-wave echoes exist, it would suggest that black holes are not bounded by a classical event horizon but instead by a quantum-mechanical Planck-scale structure. Gravitational-wave echoes would be created thanks to the presence of the Planck-scale structure, or “membrane”, and what is known as the angular momentum barrier. The latter is a boundary lying around 1.5 times as far as the event horizon (typically around 200 km from the centre of a black hole) that is predicted by relativity and which partially confines gravitational waves. Any outgoing wave generated between the event horizon and the barrier would normally bounce off the barrier and then pass through the horizon, never to be seen again. But the membrane, lying within a Planck length of the horizon, would instead reflect the wave back, allowing it to either bounce off the barrier again or, less likely, pass through the barrier into space.

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Big Bell Test: Human Free Will Verifies Quantum Violation of Local Realism

The Big Bell Test Collaboration has put quantum entanglement to the test with help from about 100,000 computer gamers worldwide. Run by an international team of physicists, the experiment used decisions by members of the public to close the “freedom of choice loophole” in several different Bell tests – which show that the quantum entanglement of two systems violates local realism.

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Breakthrough bioelectronic medicine discovery made by decoding immune system’s neural signals

Bioelectronic medicine is a potentially powerful medical technology for treating chronic pain. For people suffering from chronic conditions, these small, implantable devices could be life changing. These new electronic devices would be implanted via standard keyhole surgery, working by altering the messages sent by your nerves, so that you feel relief. While using electrical stimulation to treat pain isn’t a new concept, bioelectronics takes simple simulation a step further. Bioelectronics can target electrical signals between the brain and all organs that contribute to chronic conditions by utilizing the peripheral nervous system, which includes all of the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord.

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Taming the multiverse: Stephen Hawking’s final theory about the big bang

The prevailing theory of the big bang is called eternal inflation. It says that out of the Big Bang not only our own universe arose, but also many other universes – the so called multiverse. You can picture the multiverse as a mosaic of pocket universes, somewhat like bubbles in boiling water. The laws of physics and chemistry can differ from one pocket universe to another. Some pocket universes contain stars and harbour life, others are nearly empty. The problem with the prevailing theory is that it doesn’t predict much about our own universe. If the scala of different pocket universes in the multiverse is large or even infinite as some suggest then anything is possible. Therefore the theory can’t be properly tested. The key challenge facing modern fundamental cosmology is to turn the multiverse into a proper verifiable scientific framework.

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3D map of the Milky Way questions our understanding of expansion

The biggest map of our galaxy just got revealed and it confirms the intriguing discrepancy in the value of the Hubble constant, further questioning our understanding of the expanding Universe.

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Sound resonance used to maintain high coherence in electron spin orbitals of single-crystal diamond

Electron spin orbitals in nitrogen vacancies of diamond have been shielded from decohering fluctuations of electric-fields using a gigahertz mechanical resonator. This may allow for the coherent photon emission of quantum coherent electron spin states for quantum computation.

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Galaxies merge sooner than previously thought

Massive galactic clusters were thought to have formed 3 billion years after the big bang when their component galaxies started merging. However, recent observations of starburst galaxies now reveal that they began merging and forming galactic clusters much sooner – 1.5 billion years sooner to be precise.

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Newly Released Report Examines Favourable and Unfavourable EMF Frequency Patterns in Cancer

Carcinogenesis fits in a frequency pattern of electromagnetic field (EMF) waves, in which a gradual loss of cellular organization occurs. Such generation of cancer features can be inhibited by adequate exposure to coherent electromagnetic frequencies.

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Is Dark Matter Primordial Black Holes?

Astronomers studying the motions of galaxies and the character of the cosmic microwave background radiation came to realize in the last century that most of the matter in the universe was not visible. About 84% of the matter in the cosmos is dark matter, much of it located in halos around galaxies. It was dubbed dark matter because it does not emit light, but it is also mysterious: it is not composed of atoms or their usual constituents like electrons and protons.

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Plasmomechanical device modulates, transduces and amplifies light

The interaction of light with matter is a field of active study, with our understanding improving every day at smaller and smaller scales. The previous limit of understanding has now just been broken with the introduction of a plasmomechanical device that allows the interaction of light and matter to be modulated at precise energy ranges below the diffraction limit.

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Metamaterial device controls transmission and reflection of acoustic waves

Metamaterials researchers at Duke University have demonstrated the design and construction of a thin material that can control the redirection and reflection of sound waves with almost perfect efficiency

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