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  • Photonic quantum computers: A brighter future than ever

    May 13, 2013 2:09 PM 84

    Quantum computers work by manipulating quantum objects as, for example, individual photons, electrons or atoms and by harnessing the unique quantum features. Not only do quantum computers promise a dramatic increase in speed over classical computers in a variety of computational tasks; they are designed to complete tasks that even a supercomputer would

  • 17-Year Cicadas Could Bring Swarm of New Cocktails to Local Bars

    May 13, 2013 4:19 AM 108

    A new take on getting a buzz? While some may view the coming onslaught of cicadas as a nuisance, others see it as a new opportunity to drink—creatively. Every 17 years, the Magicada Brood II cicadas swarm some portions of Maryland. Last seen in 1996, these black-bodied, red-eyed, orange-winged flying creatures are expected to begin emerging from their

  • Research on cilia heats up: Implications for hearing, vision loss and kidney disease

    May 12, 2013 5:42 PM 99

    Experiments at Johns Hopkins have unearthed clues about which protein signaling molecules are allowed into hollow, hair-like "antennae," called cilia, that alert cells to critical changes in their environments. Researchers found that the size limit for entry is much greater than previously thought, allowing most of a cell's proteins into cilia. The researchers

  • Miami-Dade Turtle Rangers Set To Roll With New “Turtle Truck”

    May 12, 2013 10:32 AM 80

    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — May is the official start of sea turtle nesting season and Miami-Dade County is proud to have a new “Turtle Truck” this season to help in its conservation efforts. A $13,500 Challenge Grant from the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation helped pay for a brand new “Turtle Truck” for the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

  • trapping carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere at highest level in millions of years

    May 11, 2013 4:46 PM 76

    The level of the most important heat-trapping gas in the atmosphere, carbon dioxide, has passed a long-feared milestone, scientists reported Friday, reaching a concentration not seen on the earth for millions of years. Scientific instruments showed that the gas had reached an average daily level above 400 parts per million — just an odometer moment in one sense

  • Look up! Venus and Jupiter glow bright this weekend

    May 11, 2013 4:01 PM 84

    There will be no meteor showers this weekend, or ring-of-fire solar eclipses, but if you head outside around twilight, you’ll get an excellent view of Jupiter and Venus around a slender crescent moon. As night begins to fall on Saturday and Sunday evenings, look to the sky to find Jupiter in the same vicinity as the new moon. Then look below the moon to find Venus

  • Levels of key greenhouse gas at record

    May 10, 2013 8:47 PM 89

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Worldwide levels of the chief greenhouse gas that causes global warming have hit a milestone, reaching an amount never before encountered by humans, federal scientists said Friday. Carbon dioxide was measured at 400 parts per million at the oldest monitoring station in Hawaii which sets the global benchmark. The last time the worldwide

  • How Cirrus Clouds Form — And Why It Matters

    May 9, 2013 6:58 PM 73

    It has long been a mystery exactly what causes the formation of cirrus clouds, the wispy billows of ice that can be seen high in the sky. But new research, detailed in the May 9 issue of the journal Science, finds that the clouds condense and freeze, or nucleate, on very specific mineral and metal particles high in the atmosphere. That makes cirrus clouds

  • New Species of Bass in Southeastern U.S

    May 8, 2013 11:33 AM 79

    The wildlife officials have confirmed that they have discovered a new species of fish in the southeastern US. Discussions are on to give the species an official name. The scientists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said that the fishes are a new species of black bass. They have suggested a name Choctaw bass for the fish and scientific

  • One-Third of U.S. Honeybee Colonies Died Last Winter, Threatening Food Supply

    May 8, 2013 10:39 AM 91

    Nearly one in three commercial honeybee colonies in the United States died or disappeared last winter, an unsustainable decline that threatens the nation’s food supply. Multiple factors — pesticides, fungicides, parasites, viruses and malnutrition — are believed to cause the losses, which were officially announced today by a consortium of academic researchers