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The ongoing debate about the foundations of quantum mechanics

The ongoing debate about the foundations of quantum mechanics

PhysicsQuantum physics

By Daniel Manzano

Quantum mechanics is one of the most fruitful and accepted physical theories. Nevertheless, its foundations and philosophical implications are still a vivid topic of debate. Because of that reason, during the conference “Quantum Physics and the Nature of Reality,” held in July 2011 and organized by Anton Zeilinger, a set of experts were polled. A […]

MI weekly selection #6

MI weekly selection #6

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

Anyone can find an exoplanet A team of volunteer amateur astronomers has discovered evidence of 42 alien planets. The volunteers were sorting through NASA data as part of the Planet Hunters crowdsourcing program. Professional astronomers have yet to confirm the proposed planets. Space.com Planethunters.org Drought predictions in East Africa Variations in sea-surface temperatures of the […]

MI weekly selection #5

MI weekly selection #5

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

When a standard kilogram is not a kilogram Tens of micrograms worth of surface contamination have caused the international standard kilogram to gain weight, according to new research, causing concern that each country’s standard weight for a kilogram is now slightly different. The cylinder-shaped piece of metal is key for scientific experiments that require exact […]

Towards a vaccine against HIV

Towards a vaccine against HIV

Science

By Enrique Royuela

In 1981 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States reported the existence of anunexplained pneumonia and Kaposi’s sarcoma by Pneumocystis jiroveci in previously healthy homosexual men from Los Angeles and New York. This represented the first time that the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) was identified. Subsequently, cases of AIDS increased […]

Tumor Killer Viruses

Tumor Killer Viruses

Biomedicine

By Marisa Alonso Núñez

Killing cancer cells is a key point to cure cancer. Many researchers are working on developing different therapies to do just that. The one I’m going to talk about today is a very promising one: Oncolytic Virotherapy. Just the name may scare you but it’s a very clever approach to treat some tumors lacking a […]

Sesame Street and brain activity in children

Sesame Street and brain activity in children

Neuroscience

By César Tomé

In the real world, children learn new information by participating in classrooms, interacting with their family and friends, and watching educational videos. While previous neuroimaging research has typically used simple tasks and short-lasting stimuli, in a new study published in PloS Biology researchers examined brain development using a more complex and naturalistic educational stimulus. Children […]

MI weekly selection #4

MI weekly selection #4

Humanities & Social SciencesScienceTechnologyWeekly Selection

By César Tomé

First brain cells found devoted to selective attention in an invertebrate animal. Dragonflies lack humans’ big brains, but they still get the job done, according to new research that suggests that these insects have brain cells capable of feats previously seen only in primates. Specifically, the dragonflies can screen out useless visual information to focus […]