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MI weekly selection #471

MI weekly selection #471

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Milky Way’s closest quasar brimming with radio emissions Using a newly developed technique known as “self-calibration,” a team of Japanese astronomers has captured revolutionary photos of the closest quasar to the Milky Way, revealing a soft band of radio emission in the quasar’s galaxy. “By applying the same technique to other quasars, we expect to […]

Topology for every electronic band

Topology for every electronic band

DIPC Advanced materials

By DIPC

For the past century, students of chemistry, materials science, and physics have been taught to model solid-state materials by considering their chemical composition, the number and location of their electrons, and lastly, the role of more complicated interactions. However, an international team of scientists has recently discovered that an additional ingredient must also be equally […]

Evolution, faster than anybody thought

Evolution, faster than anybody thought

BiologyEvolution

By Invited Researcher

How fast is evolution? In adaptive evolution, natural selection causes genetic changes in traits that favour the survival and reproduction of individual organisms. Although Charles Darwin thought the process occurred over geological timescales, we have seen examples of dramatic adaptive evolution over only a handful of generations. The peppered moth changed colour in response to […]

MI weekly selection #470

MI weekly selection #470

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

AI identifies viruses with high zoonotic potential Artificial intelligence identified viruses in the bunyavirus, rhabdovirus, filovirus and flavivirus families as the viruses most likely to spill over from animals to humans, and the platform may help researchers better estimate risks of zoonosis within viral families. The computer model also identified the Amazon River basin as […]

Ideal furan and thiophene nanothreads

Ideal furan and thiophene nanothreads

DIPC Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

By DIPC

Nanothreads are one-dimensional nanomaterials composed of a primarily sp 3 hydrocarbon backbone, typically formed through the compression of small molecules to high pressures. In 2015, it was found that the slow room-temperature compression of benzene produced crystalline, one-dimensional polymers composed of diamond-like bonds. These diamondoid materials that border nanotubes and polymers are predicted to possess […]

MI weekly selection #469

MI weekly selection #469

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Martian meteorite suggests no life on Red Planet After examining the remnants of a meteorite knocked loose from Mars 1.3 billion years ago, scientists found the 725-gram rock had only trace amounts of exposure to hydrogen, almost certainly confirming there has not been life on the Red Planet. United Press International It’s our own fault […]