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Quantum computers may be destroyed by high-energy particles from space

Radiation from space could be a big problem for quantum computers, because cosmic rays can disturb their fragile inner workings and limit the kinds of calculations they may one day perform. Quantum computers are made of quantum bits, or qubits, which are used to store and manipulate quantum


Cancer cells can pick up fatty coatings to spread further in the body

Cancer cells that travel through lymphatic fluid – which flushes infection-fighting cells through the body and helps remove cellular debris – may be more likely to seed distant growths because they pick up “coats” made of monounsaturated fatty acids that help protect them f


Ordinary bricks laced with conductive fibres can store energy

A brick wall can also be a battery. Thanks to the red pigment they contain, bricks can be turned into efficient energy storage devices. Julio D’Arcy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and his colleagues used a special conductive polymer called PEDOT to make their energy-storin


Sea turtles sometimes get really lost in the ocean on the way home

Sea turtles are famed for their ability to navigate across open oceans. Now we have a better idea of how they do it, thanks to a GPS tracking study that reveals they often make a lot of mistakes along the way. “We were impressed that they are able to find small islands,” says Nic


A single gene controls how our faces develop when we are young

A single gene controls much of the development of the human face. The same gene is also involved in the domestication of dogs – suggesting that we have domesticated ourselves as a species.The finding is one of the first pieces of hard evidence for the idea that humans are self-domesticated.O


Baby gorilla born at Bristol Zoo

A baby gorilla has been born at Bristol Zoo. Keepers arrived to find the new arrival nestling in the arms of its mother. Photographs taken just hours after the birth on Wednesday show Kala - a nine-year-old western lowland gorilla - cradling the newborn. Staff said both were "doing well". The z


Gulf Coast on alert as simultaneous tropical storms threaten

Gulf Coast residents need to pay attention as not one, but two tropical systems could impact the area in the coming days. The first system to watch is Tropical Storm Laura, which is currently over Puerto Rico. This system is expected to move northwest in the coming days and head tow


'Breed and release' plan to save rare Scottish wildcat

Britain's "first large-scale" conservation breeding centre for rare Scottish wildcats is to be created in the Highlands. The project could eventually see up to 20 captive-bred wildcats a year released into the Cairngorms, one of the last strongholds for the species. Longer term, cats could be re


Climate change: 'Unprecedented' ice loss as Greenland breaks record

Scientists say the loss of ice in Greenland lurched forward again last year, breaking the previous record by 15%. A new analysis says that the scale of the melt was "unprecedented" in records dating back to 1948. High pressure systems that became blocked over Greenland last Summer were


Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released

Local officials in Florida have approved the release of 750 million mosquitoes that have been genetically modified to reduce local populations. The aim is to reduce the number of mosquitoes that carry diseases like dengue or the Zika virus. The green-lighting of a pilot project after years of de


Strange fast-moving clouds of gas may be suffocating the Milky Way

The wind blowing from the centre of our galaxy carries a surprising cargo. It appears to be pushing two dense clumps of gas, and these strange clouds are moving far faster than they should be. As they hurtle away from the centre of the Milky Way, this could wreak havoc on star formation. The


Secret to dinosaurs’ huge size may be in unusually lightweight bones

Dinosaurs could count the largest animals to ever walk the Earth among their scaly and feathery ranks. According to a new study, the very nature of their bones may have allowed them to attain stupendous sizes. The largest dinosaurs of all time, such as the long-necked herbivore Arg


A new type of plastic may be the first that is infinitely recyclable

A new type of plastic that can be easily broken down into its chemical building blocks and reassembled into high-quality products could reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in landfill. More than 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally each year and only a small fraction


Mauritius oil spill: Satellite images show removal operation

Satellite images have captured tug boats trying to remove the wreckage of a Japanese-owned ship that ran aground off the coast of Mauritius, spilling tonnes of oil into pristine waters. The MV Wakashio hit a coral reef, Pointe d'Esny, on 25 July while carrying 4,000 tonnes of fuel oil. It is now


Arabsat signs deal with Airbus to build Badr-8

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) on Tuesday signed a contract with Airbus to build Badr-8, their new generation telecommunications satellite. The satellite will be based on the-state-of-the-art Airbus Eurostar Neo electric orbit raising platform giving access to a wide ran


Elephant shrew rediscovered in Africa after 50 years

A little-known mammal related to an elephant but as small as a mouse has been rediscovered in Africa after 50 years of obscurity. The last scientific record of the "lost species" of elephant shrew was in the 1970s, despite local sightings. The creature was found alive and well in Djibouti, a cou


Microplastic in Atlantic Ocean 'could weigh 21 million tonnes'

There are 12-21 million tonnes of tiny plastic fragments floating in the Atlantic Ocean, scientists have found. A study, led by the UK's National Oceanography Centre, scooped through layers of the upper 200m (650ft) of the ocean during a research expedition through the middle of the Atlantic. Su


Meet the 'vampire' parasite that masquerades as a living tongue

When scientists recently X-rayed a fish's head, they found a gruesome stowaway: A "vampire" crustacean had devoured, then replaced, its host's tongue.The buglike isopod, also called a tongue biter or tongue-eating louse, keeps sucking its blood meals from a fish's tongue until the entire structure



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