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Two-neutrino double-β-decay half-life via direct background subtraction

Two-neutrino double-β-decay half-life via direct background subtraction

DIPC Particle PhysicsParticle physics

By DIPC

Concluding that the neutrino is a Majorana particle would be really a turning point in our understanding of the universe. It would mean the non-conservation of a magnitude called the leptonic number, one of the key characteristics in a fermion, meaning that there would be an explanation to the matter-anti matter asymmetry: the creation of […]

Epstein-Barr virus linked to multiple sclerosis

Epstein-Barr virus linked to multiple sclerosis

BiomedicineMedicine

By Rosa García-Verdugo

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating autoimmune condition whereby neurons lose their myelin sheath leading to impaired neural transmission, neural degeneration and motor symptoms. Multiple factors have been considered to influence its development, like vitamin D, but now, a couple of studies have shown that the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is linked to multiple sclerosis. You […]

Deadbots can speak for you after your death

Deadbots can speak for you after your death

Computer scienceEthicsSociology

By Invited Researcher

Machine-learning systems are increasingly worming their way through our everyday lives, challenging our moral and social values and the rules that govern them. These days, virtual assistants threaten the privacy of the home; news recommenders shape the way we understand the world; risk-prediction systems tip social workers on which children to protect from abuse; while […]

MI weekly selection #468

MI weekly selection #468

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Aerosol pollution reduces Pacific’s storm activity Increasing aerosol pollution from China and India has had a cooling effect, leading to reduced storm activity in the Pacific Ocean in recent decades, according to a study that relied on computer simulations. As a result, as the governments of those countries aim to reduce aerosol pollution, they also […]

Evolution of a 2D alloy throughout the metal to semiconductor transition

Evolution of a 2D alloy throughout the metal to semiconductor transition

ChemistryDIPC Advanced materialsMaterials

By DIPC

Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are layered compounds which can be thinned down to the single-layer limit. While mechanical exfoliation generates atomically thin TMD flakes possessing an area of a few square microns, chemical and physical methods provide high-quality monolayers on large-area substrates, which are suitable for actual technological applications. TMDs are a class of van […]

MI weekly selection #467

MI weekly selection #467

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Data from Mars rover suggest presence of rare rock Scientists who studied images collected by a Mars rover say the planet may contain ignimbrite, a rare rock created by powerful volcanic eruptions. The presence of ignimbrite, also found on Earth, would suggest eruptions on Mars were more violent than thought. Space Robotic rat can handle […]

Chirality and the next revolution in quantum devices

Chirality and the next revolution in quantum devices

CFMDIPCDIPC Photonics

By DIPC

Usually, optical activity is understood as the ability some substances have to change the handedness of polarized light when it goes through them. Molecules that show optical activity have no plane of symmetry. So-called chiral matter broadly describes structures for which left- or right-handed mirror images are non-superimposable, or, equivalently, that lack improper rotation axes […]