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Newly discovered Time Crystals may wiggle forever

Newly discovered Time Crystals may wiggle forever

Scientists have detailed a new sort of crystal which creates what they define as "a new phase of matter." This Time Crystal is "also really cool because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter," said lead researcher Norman Yao from the University of California, Berkeley. In other words, these crystals are perpetually in motion as they cannot settle into equilibrium. While the atoms in these crystals are able to settle into a pattern, they cannot stop moving altogether.

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Feeding hamsters nothing but corn turns them into cannibals

Feeding hamsters nothing but corn turns them into cannibals

Forget surviving off a silo of corn if the apocalypse ever rolls around -- if a recent study is any indication, the eventual lack of proper nutrients may drive you into the arms of crazed cannibalism. Such is the fate of some unfortunate hamsters in France eating mass quantities of corn, that itself being due to monoculture on the industrial level. When there's nothing but corn for as far as the eye can see, what else do the hamsters have to feed on? Their young.

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Our oldest ancestor looked like a tiny bag of teeth

Our oldest ancestor looked like a tiny bag of teeth

Hundreds of millions of years ago, a creature that looked like a miniature bag of teeth roamed the sea. This creature was around one millimeter in size and likely live at the bottom of the sea, scrounging for food between grains of sand on the seabed. "We think that as an early deuterostome this may represent the primitive beginnings of a very diverse range of species, including ourselves," said Simon Conway Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology and a Fellow of St John's College, University of Cambridge.

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Researchers find observational evidence that the universe is a hologram

Researchers find observational evidence that the universe is a hologram

The holographic universe notion is nothing new — it was first suggested back in the 90s — but it just gained a lot of traction thanks to a new research project helmed by researchers from Italy, the UK, and Canada. The group’s study is said to present the first ever observational evidence supporting the idea that our seemingly 3D universe is in fact a really complex (and big) 2D hologram.

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Cancer cured in two infants using genetically engineered T-cells

Cancer cured in two infants using genetically engineered T-cells

Researches recently used genetically-engineered T-cells from a donor to cure two infants of their leukemia, according to a newly published study, hinting at a future in which leukemia treatments may be simple and relatively inexpensive. Per the study detailed in Science Translational Medicine, the work done by London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital was a first attempt at such a treatment, proving wildly successful.

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Metallic hydrogen finally created, could change life as we know it

Metallic hydrogen finally created, could change life as we know it

You might soon have to change what you think you know about hydrogen. The simplest and lightest element and commonly regarded as a gas, hydrogen can actually take on liquid form when cooled. And now it can also take on a metal form as well. Yes, atomic metallic hydrogen has just been made real, delivering one of the holy grails of physics. And before you brush it off as just some geeky achievement, metallic hydrogen has the potential to revolutionize technology and life forever.

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Ancient bug found in amber is (probably) one of a kind

Ancient bug found in amber is (probably) one of a kind

Researchers have discovered a unique ancient insect trapped in amber, one that has never been seen before. The rarity of this bug necessitated the creation of a new insect order classification. At first glance, the insect appears something like an ant, but a second look shows that there are definitely some oddities, including what look like a pair of pinchers off its back end. The insect has been named Aethiocarenus burmanicus.

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Stanford researchers cure diabetes in mice using rat-grown organ

Stanford researchers cure diabetes in mice using rat-grown organ

Researchers with Stanford University and the University of Tokyo have announced a new breakthrough treatment that successfully cured mice of diabetes using a rat-grown mouse pancreas. The achievement could help lead to future treatments — or possibly even a cure — for diabetes in humans. Even better, these lab grown organs are genetically matched to the recipient, meaning anti-rejection drugs only need to be taken for a few days rather than one’s entire life.

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Boeing Starliner spacesuit makes public debut: minimalist and very blue

Boeing Starliner spacesuit makes public debut: minimalist and very blue

Boeing has taken the wraps off its new Starliner spacesuit for the first time, giving the public its first look at the suit that astronauts will wear on their way to the International Space Station. The spacesuit will be worn by travelers hitching rides to and from low-Earth orbit destinations (like the ISS) via the CST-100 Starliner spacecraft. Unlike traditional spacesuits, Boeing's creation is rather minimalist and very blue.

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These fearsome giant otters roamed China millions of years ago

These fearsome giant otters roamed China millions of years ago

Otters may be one of the most endearing and beloved animals out there, but their ancestors may well have inspired fear rather than affection. Researchers discovered evidence of a new species of otter, distinguished by a far larger body and a set of intimidating jaws. Dubbed "Siamogale melilutra", the evidence of a distinctly different otter species draws new connections between the animals and badgers.

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Many primates face impending extinction, and humans are to blame

Many primates face impending extinction, and humans are to blame

We're learning today that things are looking grim for many species of nonhuman primates. A new report published in Science Advances says that more than half of primate species are facing extinction, and even more are experiencing declining populations. The report also pegs humans as the cause of the troubles our closest biological relatives are facing, which at this point may not come as much of a surprise.

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NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA ‘Psyche’ mission will investigate nearly all-metal asteroid

NASA has announced a pair of new space missions called “Lucy” and “Psyche,” the latter of which will investigate a never-before-studied asteroid that may be composed almost entirely of nickel and iron. That asteroid — described as being giant in size as well as heavily metallic — is named 16 Psyche, and is thought to have a composition not unlike that of the Earth’s core.

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