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Shape-changing smart speaker lets users mute certain areas of a room

New system can mute different parts of a noisy room or isolate one conversation in a chaotic environment.

Taxes on menthol cigarettes are better than statewide bans

Bans on menthol cigarettes in Massachusetts.

The relationship between greenhouse gas emissions and polar bear survival rates

How do greenhouse gas emissions affect polar bears?

Octopus sleep is surprisingly similar to humans, study

Like humans, octopuses transition between two sleep stages – a quiet stage and an active stage that resembles REM sleep in mammals.

A quantum computing leap with a magnetic twist

The team’s discoveries mark a first and promising step in constructing a type of fault-tolerant qubit.

The ‘breath’ between atoms is a key building block for quantum technology

Vibration between two layers of atoms can be used to engineer quantum technologies.

Scientists discovered chemically distinct liquid shooting up from the Oregon seafloor

Warm liquid spewing from Oregon seafloor comes from Cascadia fault, could offer clues to earthquake hazards.

Small proteins in the heart play an important role

Researchers look closer at molecules that create the heartbeat.

Smartphones can detect blood oxygen saturation levels, study

This is a good first step toward developing biomedical devices that are aided by machine learning.

New reactor can destroy ‘forever chemicals’

A new way to destroy both PFOA and PFOS.

COVID-19 deaths among the elderly may be due to genetic limits on cell division

Study uses a model that virtually examined the relation of T-cell clonal expansion with COVID-19 mortality.

Determining prostate cancer aggressiveness via 3D imaging method

A non-destructive 3D pathology with deep learning-assisted gland analysis.

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