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Scientists Supersize Quantum Effects with Entangled Drum Duet

One of the more irksome results of quantum mechanics is the revelation that reality is largely a persistent illusion. Quantum mechanics is not merely a theory of the microscopic: all matter is fundamentally quantum—it just so happens that weird quantum effects are hard to observe in anything bigger than a few atoms. Like the flickering silhouettes on the wall in Plato’s allegory of the cave, the existence of macroscopic, so-called “classical” objects is merely a shadow cast by their true quantum forms. This much is not news to physicists, who have been mucking around in the quantum world for more

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Hobbits and other early humans not ‘destructive agents’ of extinction, scientists find

When it comes to causing extinctions, early humans were likely not the jerks that we are today, a new study finds.

Early humans relatives have lived on islands since the early Pleistocene epoch (2.6 million to 11,700 years ago). But widespread extinction on islands can largely be traced back to the past 11,700 years during the Holocene epoch, when modern humans began wreaking havoc there — overhunting, altering habitats and introducing invasive species, the researchers found. 

“While humans are directly or indirectly responsible for many hundreds of losses on islands in the past several hundred years, that trail of

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Scientists Create the Next Generation of Living Robots

 

Xenobots exhibit cooperative swarm activity, in this case working together to gather piles of tiny particles. Credit: Doug Blackiston, Tufts University

Artificial living organisms can move material in swarms and record information.

Last year, a team of biologists and computer scientists from Tufts University and the University of Vermont (UVM) created novel, tiny self-healing biological machines from frog cells called “Xenobots” that could move around, push a payload, and even exhibit collective behavior in the presence of a swarm of other Xenobots.

Get ready for Xenobots 2.0.

The same team has now created life forms that self-assemble a body from

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How scientists caught footage of ‘the kraken’ after centuries of searching

Architeuthis dux — the world’s largest known squid — is surprisingly camera shy.

The elusive giant squid has wriggled its way into folklore for thousands of years, inspiring tales of fearsome krakens with bodies as large as islands. In reality, A. dux is a tad smaller than that, capable of growing to about 46 feet (14 meters) long —  about the length of a semi-trailer.

But despite their size, these cephalopods are almost never seen in the water; most observations of the behemoths come from dead or dying squids that wash up on shores or become ensnared in deep-sea trawling

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U.S.’s oldest high school science and mathematics competition finds promising young scientists

Noah Getz, Yunseo Choi, and Eshani Jha beat out more than 1,700 kids from all over the country for the top three spots in one of the toughest science competitions around.

Regeneron Science Talent Search is the oldest high school science and mathematics competition the United States,” Society for Science President Maya Ajmera said.

Ajmera says narrowing down hundreds of young researchers to the top three winners is quite an intense process.

“And what’s interesting about the interview process – it’s not about their projects – it’s about general knowledge and creativity and ingenuity in science and engineering in

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Food scientists debunk a dangerous myth about moldy food

Mold has all the hallmarks of a cute microorganism: it’s small, colorful, and fuzzy. But when you open your bag of sandwich bread to find that small splotches of the stuff have preemptively colonized your lunch, it’s anything but endearing.

These microscopic fungi are not only figuratively stomach-turning — they can also be literally dangerous if consumed. But where do you draw the line? Is it really that bad to cut off the mold and eat the rest?

When it comes to passed-down wisdom on whether or not it’s safe to go full-steam ahead with your sandwich construction or fumigate

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