Science Links!A ton of science and related links for your pleasure.
What the? This is an amazing story, and here's an excerpt:
A molecular computer that uses enzymes to perform calculations has been built by researchers in Israel.
...enzyme-powered computers could eventually be implanted into the human body and used to, for example, tailor the release of drugs to a specific person's metabolism.
Incredible. Here's the link:
Here's some interesting new research on Crohn's disease:
Crohn’s disease might be due to a weak immune response, contrary to current thinking, suggests research by UK scientists. They also suggest that Viagra might help treat the disease by increasing blood flow and enhancing the body's immune response.
Full article here:
Here's one of those "welcome to bizarro world" moments : a quantum computer that performs calculations--when it's turned off. Thanks to DQ reader Bethanne for the link, and here's an excerpt:
The idea behind the feat, first proposed in 1998, is to put a quantum computer into a “superposition”, a state in which it is both running and not running. It is as if you asked Schrödinger's cat to hit "Run".
With the right set-up, the theory suggested, the computer would sometimes get an answer out of the computer even though the program did not run...
The new design includes a quantum trick called the Zeno effect. Repeated measurements stop the photon from entering the actual program, but allow its quantum nature to flirt with the program's components - so it can become gradually altered even though it never actually passes through.
I know. I got vapor lock when I read that too. Some of the things that are happening today are so stunning that it's hard to even fathom them. Here's the full story:
Lastly, here's a link to more information about Kennewick man: