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MI weekly selection #449

MI weekly selection #449

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Trove of species discovered under Antarctic ice Researchers drilling into the ice of Antarctica have found close to 100 different species living in extreme conditions there. The little-known habitat is home to worms, bryozoans and other creatures that thrive in cold and dark conditions. Gizmodo Surface cooling may have carved Pluto’s unique landscape The weird […]

Heavy-atom-free triplet sensitizers with predictable properties

Heavy-atom-free triplet sensitizers with predictable properties

ChemistryDIPC Computational and Theoretical Chemistry

By DIPC

An atomic state in which two spin angular momenta of electrons cancel each other, resulting in zero net spin, is called a singlet. If the angular momenta combine to give a total non-zero spin, then that state is called a triplet. A triplet state usually has lower, sometimes substantially lower, energy than a singlet. Importantly […]

Seagulls, songbirds and parrots: what new research tells us about their cognitive ability

Seagulls, songbirds and parrots: what new research tells us about their cognitive ability

BiologyEthology

By Invited Researcher

As you can imagine, a human intelligence test doesn’t really cut it for birds. It isn’t that easy to assess how an animal perceives information from the environment, processes it and decides to act. But researchers have developed a range of clever experiments to find out more about their cognitive abilities. Do they recognise each […]

MI weekly selection #448

MI weekly selection #448

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

170 new rogue exoplanets detected Around 170 free-floating exoplanets have been detected in the latest findings by a collaboration of astronomers around the globe. The rogue exoplanets were located around 420 light-years from Earth in the Upper Scorpius OB section of the Milky Way. Gizmodo Lifeforms may exist in Venus’s clouds Ammonia may counteract sulfuric […]

3D topological photonic crystals whith Chern vectors at will

3D topological photonic crystals whith Chern vectors at will

DIPC Advanced materials

By DIPC

Some materials have special universal properties protected against perturbations. Such properties are theoretically described by topology, a branch of mathematics concerned with the properties of geometrical objects that are unchanged by continuous deformations. So-called topological insulators are electronic materials that have a bulk band gap like an ordinary insulator but have conducting states on their […]

Macroscopic quantum entanglement

Macroscopic quantum entanglement

Quantum physics

By Daniel Manzano

Entanglement is the purest and most important quantum property. Unlike classical systems, quantum objects can be connected independently of their distance and if we perform a measurement in one part the other one is affected instantaneously. Intuitively, this can be considered a violation of relativity because this theory states that no information can travel faster […]

MI weekly selection #447

MI weekly selection #447

Weekly Selection

By César Tomé

Forests were cleared by Neandertals 125K years ago Neandertals cleared a large forest into open land in what is now Germany about 125,000 years ago. Researchers analyzed a pair of lake basins and found hints that the hominids were the first to make significant changes to their landscapes my molding their surroundings. Science News Evidence […]

Proximity effects or the fragility of electronic ground states in 2D materials

Proximity effects or the fragility of electronic ground states in 2D materials

DIPC Interfaces

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 […]