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Brain implants could boost memory by 30% says scientists

Brain implants could boost memory by 30% says scientists

Scientists have devised a new brain implant that might one day be used to treat conditions that affect a person's memory, such as dementia. The implants that the researchers have devised could boost memory function by as much as 30%. Researchers from the University of Southern California have developed what they call a memory prosthesis.

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Ancient wine jar shows winemaking goes back 8,000 years in Armenia

Ancient wine jar shows winemaking goes back 8,000 years in Armenia

Anthropologist Patrick McGovern from the University of Pennsylvania has been searching for the origins of wine for years and his investigation took him into the mountainous areas of modern Georgia, Armenia and Iran near the Black Sea. These areas are where the ancestors of modern-day wine grapes originally grew wild. Ancient writings from these areas point to wine being integral in that region and an established part of the culture thousands of years ago.

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IBM reveals 50 qubit quantum computer prototype

IBM reveals 50 qubit quantum computer prototype

The researchers at the IBM Q lab have been busy this year; back in May they revealed a quantum computing platform with a 17 qubit processor, and now they've already topped that by a huge margin. The company has announced that they've developed an operational 50 qubit prototype processor, as well as a 20 qubit quantum system that will be available to its clients as a cloud service.

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Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

Dinosaurs could have survived if asteroid had hit another location on Earth

The odds were stacked against the dinosaurs when the massive asteroid thought to be about 6-miles-wide slammed into the Earth 66 million years ago. The impact released energy more powerful than billions of atomic bombs and the aftermath killed off 75% of all life on Earth. The event is known as the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) extinction.

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Clinical trial using blood-plasma transfusions shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease

Clinical trial using blood-plasma transfusions shows promise for Alzheimer’s disease

Massive amounts of money and effort are being put into researching treatments and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer's disease. A clinical trial has been running that is using human blood-plasma transfusions to treat the disease has found that the treatments are safe and promising for those suffering from the disease. Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have reported success with this treatment in an early-phase clinical trial.

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Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Science piracy site Sci-Hub ordered to shut down again, but it won’t listen

Entertainment piracy may get the most attention, but it's far from the only type of unauthorized online sharing. Another major variety is educational piracy, both in the form of over-priced college textbooks and in the unauthorized sharing of scientific papers that would otherwise be hidden behind a paywall. A court has just ordered one of those sites, Sci-Hub, to close down.

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Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

Tiny T-Rex arms could have been for slashing prey

The T-Rex is one of the fiercest of all dinosaurs and the most made fun of because of those tiny little arms. Some scientists believe that those tiny arms were leftovers from the evolution of the dinosaur. New research suggests that those tiny T-Rex arms might have been small, but they were still deadly indeed.

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Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

Climate Science Special Report blames humans for a warming planet

The planet is getting warmer, that's no secret, but many skeptics express doubt about whether human activities are to blame for these increasingly warm temperatures. Here to answer that question is the Climate Science Special Report, the US's most comprehensive report on current climate science. To put it simply, this report -- using existing scientific data about the issue -- says it is 'extremely likely' that humans are to blame for our warming planet.

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This huge void in the Great Pyramid is a new Egyptian mystery

This huge void in the Great Pyramid is a new Egyptian mystery

If you thought the pyramids had given up all their mysteries, think again. A huge, secret space has been discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, after scientists used new scanning technology to penetrate through the stone. Right now, nobody knows exactly what the chamber is, though speculation has already begun about what it could contain.

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Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

Long space missions cause potentially severe brain changes: study

A new study sheds light on the potentially severe effects long term space flight can have on the human brain, the consequences of which could affect an astronaut's vision and more. The study was recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine; it details the brain changes that happen in most astronauts who spend a prolonged amount of time in space. Among those changes is an upward shifting of the brain, as well as greater levels of cerebrospinal fluid.

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A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

A giant planet is orbiting a tiny star and it has experts confused

Researchers have disclosed the discovery of a giant planet that is orbiting a comparatively tiny star, an unusual pairing that contradicts what scientists previously thought was possible. The planet is called NGTS-1b, and it is the largest planet, again comparatively speaking, to be orbiting such a small companion star, revealing that the pairing is indeed possible. The discovery was made in part using the Next-Generation Transit Survey facility.

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DNA replication caught on film for the first time undermines textbooks

DNA replication caught on film for the first time undermines textbooks

The image you see here isn’t of the USS Enterprise in warp, it’s an image of DNA replication captured for the first time. The interesting part is that the replication of DNA isn’t what scientists and researchers expected. In fact, the film has undermined a great deal of what is written in textbooks.

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