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Dark matter could be produced by twisted gravitational waves

Give us a wave! Right-handed or left-handed?Henze/NASA By Anil Ananthaswamy Solving the case of the universe’s missing antimatter may help us pin down one other thing we can’t seem to find: dark matter. The solution involves a twist in the tale of gravitational waves. Matter and antimatter should have been produced in equal amounts after…

Birds ‘dream sing’ by moving their vocal muscles in their sleep

They don’t just sing while they’re awakeArco Images GmbH / Alamy Stock Photo By Chris Baraniuk Practice, they say, makes perfect. Zebra finches are such dedicated musicians that they appear to rehearse their songs during sleep. It has been known for some time that, while zebra finches sleep, their brains spontaneously reproduce the activation patterns…

Is the quantum computer revolution really just five years away?

Microsoft has significantly invested in quantum computing researchMicrosoft By Graeme Malcolm Recently, those at the forefront of the race to realise the potential of the first quantum computer have started to signal that within the next half decade a functional quantum computer will be here – a machine capable of undertaking tasks unimaginable in the…

Deadly superbugs are evolving to beat alcohol hand sanitisers

Hand sanitisers need to be used properly if they’re to worknano/Getty By Alice Klein Bacteria triumph again. Superbugs have found a way to alter their genes to make it harder to kill them with alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers were widely introduced to hospitals in the early 2000s to stop the spread of drug-resistant…

First glimpse of how genes may cause mental health problems

In autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, genes influencing how brain cells called astrocytes function seem more activeNancy Kedersha/Science Photo Library By Jessica Hamzelou Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism seem to have some similar effects on the brain. Analysing gene activity is taking us a step closer to understanding what causes such mental health conditions. Unlike…