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Is D-Wave's Computer Quantum Mechanical?

Canadian computer scientists have published data that they say prove quantum phenomena are at work within their quantum computer. But others still have doubts. ...

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New Treatment Lets Paralyzed Man Walk Again

A 25-year-old Los Angeles man paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a car in 2006 has regained the ability to stand, take steps on a treadmill and move his hips, knees, ankles and toes voluntarily as a result of an experimental treatment developed at UCLA and the University of Louisville.

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Iceland Volcanic Ash Cloud Set to Reach UK

An ash cloud from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland is expected to reach the UK by the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Met Office has said.

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The Case for Eating Insects

Crickets, dung beetles and giant ants may not be your idea of an ideal meal, but millions of people around the world rely on insects for food. Crickets are so popular in Thailand that people farm the critters. Big-bottomed ants are a delicacy in Colombia.

from PRI's The World Science

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Suspect Bacterium May Trigger Parkinson's

NEW ORLEANS -- Brain cells may be the latest victim of a bacterial bad guy already charged with causing ulcers and stomach cancer.

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Atom-Smasher Retires; Lab Makes Career Switch

When scientists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced last month that they might have discovered a new elementary particle or fundamental force of nature, it was likely the swan song of the lab's Tevatron accelerator, once the most powerful atom-smasher in the world.

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Mammals' Big Brains Began With a Sniff

While dinosaurs ruled the world some 200 million years ago, a group of nocturnal, shrewlike proto-mammals unwittingly sniffed out a strategy for survival that eventually led to the evolution of larger brains. Fossil skulls of two ancient, mammal-like reptiles suggest that natural selection for a keener sense of smell was the initial spur behind bigger brains in early mammals, according to a report online today [May 19] in Science.

from ScienceNOW Daily News

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VIDEO: From Biology to Military History: Patterns in Animal Weaponry

What are the parallels between an ancient war ship and a dung beetle? More than you would think, actually! Douglas J. Emlen, PhD, has a unique perspective on animal weaponry that looks at patterns in military history.

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