Mysterious Majorana quasiparticle is now closer to being controlled for quantum computing

Using a new approach, researchers detected the elusive Majorana quasiparticle, notable for being its own antiparticle and for its potential as the basis for a robust quantum computing system, in a device built from a superconductor, small magnetic elements, and a topological insulator. Read More

People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data

A new study finds that people who are initially motivated to learn about their ancestry with third-party personal genetics services frequently end up engaging with health interpretations of their genetic data, too. Read More

New model more accurately predicts choices in classic decision-making task

A new mathematical model that predicts which choices people will make in the Iowa Gambling Task, a task used for the past 25 years to study decision-making, outperforms previously developed models. Read More

Early-season hurricanes result in greater transmission of mosquito-borne infectious disease

The timing of a hurricane is one of the primary factors influencing its impact on the spread of mosquito-borne infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus, dengue, chikungunya and Zika, according to new research. Read More

Earth’s heavy metals result of supernova explosion, research reveals

New research suggests most of Earth’s heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called a collapsar. Read More

NASA’s Fermi mission reveals its highest-energy gamma-ray bursts

For 10 years, NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has scanned the sky for gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the universe’s most luminous explosions. A new catalog of the highest-energy blasts provides scientists with fresh insights into how they work. Read More

Concert of magnetic moments

Researchers have uncovered a new way how the electron spins in layered materials can interact. Read More

It pays to be free: No-cost products garner strong word-of-mouth recommendations

Consumers who get a web-based product or mobile app for free are more likely to give it a word-of-mouth boost than a product they buy, suggesting they feel ‘one good turn deserves another.’ Read More

Bees can link symbols to numbers, study finds

We know bees get the concept of zero and can do basic math. Now researchers have discovered they may also be capable of connecting symbols to numbers. It’s a finding that sheds new light on how numerical abilities may have evolved over millennia and even opens new possibilities for communication…

Autonomous boats can target and latch onto each other

Researchers have given new capabilities to their fleet of robotic boats that let them target and clasp onto each other, and keep trying if they fail. Read More