Elongated heads were a mark of elite status in an ancient Peruvian society

Bigwigs in a more than 600-year-old South American population were easy to spot. Their artificially elongated, teardrop-shaped heads screamed prestige, a new study finds. During the 300 years before the Incas’ arrival in 1450, intentional head shaping among prominent members of the Collagua ethnic community in Peru increasingly centered...
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Technology to watch in 2018

Thought leaders reveal the technologies and topics likely to transform life-science research in the year ahead.   The Internet of Things has transformed many aspects of our lives and is now, along with other breakout technologies, poised to transform life-science research.Credit: chombosan/Alamy. Recoding the genome George Church Geneticist, Harvard Medical...
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Physicists Confirm the Existence of a New Superionic Form of Water

Superionic water was only hypothesized in the 1980s, and had been described for the first time by a group of scientists at SISSA and ICTP, in association with a Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart. For that study, published in Science in 1999, the scholars used highly refined models of realistic...
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World’s Loneliest Tree Records Fallout from Humanity

The loneliest tree in the world records the signature of humans’ impact on planet Earth. A single Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) that stands on remote Campbell Island, in New Zealand, holds within its heartwood the record of radiocarbon fallout from the aboveground nuclear testing that began in 1945. Shrubby...
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Physicists Create a Topological Superconductor for Quantum Computing

After an intensive period of analyses the research team was able to establish that they had probably succeeded in creating a topological superconductor, exciting new technology for quantum computing. Credit: Johan Bodell/Chalmers   With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks...
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