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MI weekly selection #435

MI weekly selection #435

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Humans walked the Americas earlier than once thought Archaeologists have uncovered footprints in New Mexico that date back as much as 23,000 years, suggesting humans traversed the Americas much earlier than previously believed. The 61 footprints, described in the journal Science, were found near a dry lake bed and hint that humans were trying to […]

MI weekly selection #434

MI weekly selection #434

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Organic molecules found in planet-forming disk material Planet-forming disk material orbiting some young stars has been found to contain a large amount of organic molecules, “some which are implicated in the origins of life here on Earth,” said Karin Oberg, an author of one of 20 papers on the discovery scheduled for publication in The […]

How the screened Coulomb interaction induces superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene

How the screened Coulomb interaction induces superconductivity in twisted bilayer graphene

DIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

By DIPC

Twistology could be the study of unexpected changes or developments in stories or situations, from coups d’état to the fatherhood of Darth Vader. In condensed matter physics there is something similar, although the preferred name is twistronics (from twist and electronics). It is understood as the study of how the angle (the twist) between layers […]

How snake oil got a bad name

How snake oil got a bad name

History

By Invited Researcher

During the pandemic, the pejorative term “snake-oil salesman” has been bandied about a lot. It’s been used, perhaps with a tinge of 1980s nostalgia, to describe convicted fraudster and serial opportunist Jim Bakker, whose colloidal Silver Solution required only some deft rebranding to become a specific curative for COVID-19. For this, the televangelist found himself […]

The ship of Theseus

The ship of Theseus

Psychology

By José Ramón Alonso

If we look back at our past, we are all aware of how much we have changed. The innocence of our childhood, the impulses of our adolescence, the vehemence and passion of our youth, the tranquillity of our mature life: some of us already know what we will be like when we grow up! Hopefully […]

MI weekly selection #433

MI weekly selection #433

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Smoke from wildfires may block clouds’ rainmaking ability Water droplets are more abundant in clouds affected by wildfire smoke but, surprisingly, those clouds are less likely to produce rain and may contribute to drought conditions in the Western US. Scientists say the droplets inside the affected cumulus clouds are much smaller and less likely to […]

The large aromatic nanoring that wasn’t

The large aromatic nanoring that wasn’t

DIPC Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

By DIPC

Aromaticity is a property of cyclic (ring-shaped), planar (flat) structures with π bonds in resonance (those containing delocalized electrons) that gives increased stability compared to other geometric or connective arrangements with the same set of atoms. Aromatic rings are very stable and do not break apart easily. An aromatic ring contains a set of covalently […]