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The Joys of Quantum Entanglement

Quantum entanglement is such a mainstay of modern physics that it is worth reflecting on how long it took to emerge. What began as a perceptive but vague insight by Albert Einstein languished for decades before becoming a branch of experimental physics and, increasingly, modern technology.Einstein’s two most memorable phrases perfectly capture the weirdness of quantum mechanics...

January 30, 2012 — Vlatko Vedral

Uniting against Neglected Tropical Diseases

LONDON, United Kingdom — Bill Gates, the world's leading thirteen pharmaceutical companies, governments and global organisations have announced unprecedented funding and support to eliminate and control ten neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by 2020.More than US $785 million will be donated to control or eliminate these infections that affect around 1.4 billion people in 149 endemic countries These infections kill or cause disability among the world's poorest people who live mainly in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia.Speaking at the Royal College of Physicians in London, where the new private-public initiative was announced, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, said: "Many of the burdens [of NTDs] have come down but in fact they haven't come down nearly far enough...

January 30, 2012 — Gozde Zorlu

An Enemy in the Ranks

Imagine, for a moment, the horror if we humans were stalked by a common predator that hid itself in the open by looking...just like us. A humanoid patrolling the streets like a bloodthirsty mannequin, picking off pedestrians that venture too close...

January 30, 2012 — Alex Wild

There's More to That Red Plastic Cup Than You Thought

Who here has not enjoyed a cold, refreshing drink from a red plastic cup? Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages alike find themselves comfortably enclosed within the confines of the bright red vessel that has become a ubiquitous American staple at barbecues, picnics, parties, in dugouts and at minor league games, in food cars and at lunch trucks, and even as a last resort at dive bars—and, of course, college students' dorms and apartments, where it also functions as a key component in Flip Cup and Beer Pong.Your drinking vessel may indeed impact your imbibing experience, but the red plastic cup serves as the great equalizer in drinking activities—from the top shelf to the supermarket shelf, the red plastic cup captures and contributes to the spirit of the occasion...

January 29, 2012 — Krystal D'Costa

North America Losing Its Oil Edge

For good or bad, from 1980-2010, North America lost some of its oil production edge.Thirty (two) years ago, this region of the world represented 20% of the world's crude oil production.

January 29, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

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