'Schrodinger's Galaxy Candidate' Is JWST's Latest Puzzle to Solve

‘Schrodinger’s Galaxy Candidate’ Is JWST’s Latest Puzzle to Solve

Astronomers armed with early data obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) are hunting galaxies that existed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Rohan Naidu, an astrophysicist based at Harvard’s and Smithsonian’s jointly operated Center for Astrophysics,  and his colleagues have been particularly good at uncovering these cosmic relics. Just …

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Parking in the Sun for 30 Minutes Could One Day Make Your Car's Scratches Disappear

Parking in the Sun for 30 Minutes Could One Day Make Your Car’s Scratches Disappear

“Self-healed surface of a model car after scratching when exposed to focused sunlight with a magnifying glass (upper) or to sunlight directly (down).”Image: Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) Like a screen protector for your entire car, a new protective coating developed by researchers at the Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology could actually …

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Fast Radio Bursts Piercing Gaseous Halos Around Galaxies

Powerful Radio Pulses Originating Deep in the Cosmos Probe Hidden Matter Around Galaxies

This artist’s concept shows distant fast radio bursts piercing the gaseous halos around galaxies in the local universe. The radio bursts are depicted traveling from the distant cosmos, through the galactic halos, and finally reaching telescopes on Earth. The bumps seen in two of the lines represent the radio burst themselves as they travel toward …

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Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing

Record-Breaking Experiment Could Solve a Huge Challenge in Quantum Computing

Two atoms inflated to an almost comical size and cooled to a fraction above absolute zero have been used to generate a robust, insanely fast two-qubit quantum gate that could help overcome some of quantum computing’s persistent challenges.   Since a two-qubit gate is the fundamental building block of efficient quantum computers, this breakthrough has …

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Robotic motion in curved space defies standard laws of physics

Robotic motion in curved space defies standard laws of physics

Experimental realization of a swimmer on a sphere with actuated motors on a freely rotating boom arm. Credit: Georgia Tech When humans, animals, and machines move throughout the world, they always push against something, whether it’s the ground, air, or water. Until recently, physicists believed this to be a constant, following the law of conservation …

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The 12-story Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) - pictured above - is under construction and will allow scientists to see farther into space and with more detail than ever before

Enormous 12-story Magellan telescope that will be the most powerful ever gets $205M funding boost

A gigantic new telescope, which will be more powerful than any that currently exist, just got a big boost of funding – $205 million – that will turbocharge its construction so that it can help to unlock cosmic secrets. The 12-story Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is under construction and will allow scientists to see farther …

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A Biochemist’s View of Life’s Origin Reframes Cancer and Aging | Quanta Magazine

A Biochemist’s View of Life’s Origin Reframes Cancer and Aging | Quanta Magazine

Your book argues that the flow of energy and matter structures the evolution of life and is how metabolism “conjures genes into existence.” What’s the most compelling reason to think metabolism, not genetic information, evolved first? The purist view of “information first” is the RNA world, where some process in the environment makes nucleotides, and …

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These Are Some Of The Best Places For Stargazing In The U.S.

These Are Some Of The Best Places For Stargazing In The U.S.

Stars, moons, planets and galaxies were the hot topics of conversation after NASA released jaw-dropping new photos from the James Webb Space Telescope earlier this summer. But, outside of the occasional release of new space photos, it can be hard to truly appreciate the night sky. “There’s a reason why everybody’s not a stargazer,” said …

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