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Psychedelic Amazonian Drug (Hallucinogen) Treats Depression & Alcoholism

S u m m a r y : A psychedelic drug traditionally used in the Amazons thought to enhance people’s sense of well-being becomes a candidate for the treatment of depression and alcoholism. The new study is published in the journal Scientific Reports. What Are Psychedelic Drugs? Psychedelic drugs are substances that alter cognition and

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Water Exists as 2 Different Liquids

S u m m a r y : Water is not just one liquid: it actually exists as two different phases, shows new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). A Tale of Two Liquids Liquid water is not what we initially thought of it, suggests a discovery made

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Time Crystal: New Form of Matter Created by Scientists

A time crystal, a new phase of matter, has been created by scientists. Its peculiar characteristic is that its atoms move in a sequence repeating in time and not in space. The findings are published in Nature. Crystals are solid substances whose atoms form 3-D patterns into a highly organised microscopic structure. The ones that

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Mysterious Particle X Is Behind Missing Lithium In Our Universe

A new particle (“particle X”) might help explain the mystery of the missing lithium in the universe, according to a new study published in Physical Review Letters. Scientists have built an extensive set of theories pertaining to the Big Bang. One of these involves the missing lithium conundrum. According to the calculations and estimates of

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Biodegradable Plastics Are Not So Biodegradable, Says UN Report

Biodegradable plastics are not as green as they were previously thought to be, according to a report of the United Nations, entitled “MARINE PLASTIC DEBRIS AND MICROPLASTICS”. The new report of the UN says that the rate at which biodegradable plastics break down is extremely slow. Some of them need very high temperatures to actually

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Hiding Secret Spy Messages in Your Soda

You can now use soda to send secret messages. This would make for an interesting James Bond movie, right? The paper documenting this technique is published in the journal Nature Communications. A team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have turned chemicals like cola and soda into an encryption key to be used

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Quantum Spin Liquid – New State of Matter Discovered

A new state of matter has been spotted in a two-dimensional material called alpha-ruthenium that bears resemblance to graphene. It has been named “quantum spin liquid” state, and is said to come together with strange fermions. The findings are published in Nature Materials. The quantum spin liquid had been predicted by scientists decades ago; it

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Portable Protein-Making Bioreactor Can Bring Medication To Remote Areas

Desperate situations have often brought about remarkable inventions. Such was how the challenges in providing medication to people living in remote regions of the globe fuelled the creation of a small, portable, protein-making bioreactor. Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory describe the device in the journal Small. The bioreactor has been made such that it can produce a

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Periodic Table’s 7th Row Completed With 4 Newly-Discovered Elements

The scientific world has much to celebrate: the famous periodic table has finally had its 7th row filled with the addition of 4 new elements discovered by different teams of researchers. Following the discovery of 4 new elements, the periodic table’s 7th row has finally been filled. The possible existence of the elements in question

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Most Expensive Material (£100 m per gram) Created By Oxford Scientists

Scientists from Oxford University have developed a material costlier than our most expensive metals and precious gems! One gram of the material will cost £100 million. Mirror, mirror on the wall, what is the most expensive material in the world? Oxford scientists have manipulated carbon and nitrogen atoms to bring forth an amazing combination of molecules that are

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Scientists Create Lightest Form of Gold Made of 98 % of Air

Scientists from Switzerland have created the lightest form of gold which consists of 98 % of air, and 20-carat gold, as well as milk protein fibres. The findings are available in the journal Advanced Materials. Researcher Raffaele Mezzenga from ETH Zurich and his team created the new type of gold from a 3D meshwork made

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Graphene Creation Just Became Cheaper Than Ever

Scientists from Scotland have come up with a much cheaper method for the production of graphene. Their findings are hoped to fuel other research works entailing the creation of innovative devices. The paper is available in Scientific Reports. The advantages of graphene – strong, light, flexible, able to conduct heat and electricity – seem to

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